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  1. Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for the Early Years (aged 0-4 years).

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    Tremblay, Mark S; Leblanc, Allana G; Carson, Valerie; Choquette, Louise; Connor Gorber, Sarah; Dillman, Carrie; Duggan, Mary; Gordon, Mary Jane; Hicks, Audrey; Janssen, Ian; Kho, Michelle E; Latimer-Cheung, Amy E; Leblanc, Claire; Murumets, Kelly; Okely, Anthony D; Reilly, John J; Spence, John C; Stearns, Jodie A; Timmons, Brian W

    2012-04-01

    The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), with assistance from multiple partners, stakeholders, and researchers, developed the first Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for the Early Years (aged 0-4 years). These national guidelines were created in response to an urgent call from public health, health care, child care, and fitness practitioners for healthy active living guidance for the early years. The guideline development process was informed by the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research Evaluation (AGREE) II instrument and the evidence assessed using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) system. The recommendations are informed by evidence from a systematic review that examined the relationships between physical activity and health indicators (healthy body weight, bone and skeletal health, motor skill development, psychosocial health, cognitive development, and cardio-metabolic disease risk factors) for three age groups (infants aged benefitted from an extensive on-line consultation process with input from over 900 domestic and international stakeholders, end-users, and key informants. The final guideline recommendations state that for healthy growth and development, infants (aged develop movement skills, and progression toward at least 60 min of energetic play by 5 years of age. More daily physical activity provides greater benefits.

  2. Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the Early Years (aged 0-4 years).

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    Tremblay, Mark S; Leblanc, Allana G; Carson, Valerie; Choquette, Louise; Connor Gorber, Sarah; Dillman, Carrie; Duggan, Mary; Gordon, Mary Jane; Hicks, Audrey; Janssen, Ian; Kho, Michelle E; Latimer-Cheung, Amy E; Leblanc, Claire; Murumets, Kelly; Okely, Anthony D; Reilly, John J; Stearns, Jodie A; Timmons, Brian W; Spence, John C

    2012-04-01

    The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), with assistance from multiple partners, stakeholders, and researchers, developed the first Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the Early Years (aged 0-4 years). These national guidelines are in response to a call from health and health care professionals, child care providers, and fitness practitioners for guidance on sedentary behaviour in the early years. The guideline development process followed the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research Evaluation (AGREE) II framework. The recommendations are informed by evidence from a systematic review that examined the relationships between sedentary behaviour (predominantly screen time) and health indicators (healthy body weight, bone and skeletal health, motor skill development, psychosocial health, cognitive development, and cardio-metabolic disease risk factors) for three age groups (infants aged Development and Evaluation (GRADE) system. The new guidelines include a preamble to provide context, followed by the specific recommendations. The final guidelines benefitted from extensive on-line consultations with input from >900 domestic and international stakeholders, end-users, and key informants. The final guidelines state: for healthy growth and development, caregivers should minimize the time infants (aged games) is not recommended. For children 2-4 years, screen time should be limited to under 1 h per day; less is better.

  3. Morphological Composition of z~0.4 groups: The site of S0 formation

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    Wilman, D J; Mulchaey, J S; McGee, S L; Balogh, M L; Bower, R G

    2008-01-01

    The low redshift Universe (z99.999% confidence. Indeed the S0 fraction in groups is at least as high as in z~0.4 clusters and X-ray selected groups, which have more luminous Intra Group Medium (IGM). An 97% confident excess of S0s at >=0.3Mpc from the group centre at fixed luminosity, tells us that formation is not restricted to, and possibly even avoids, the group cores. Interactions with a bright X-ray emitting IGM cannot be important for the formation of the majority of S0s in the Universe. In contrast to S0s, the fraction of elliptical galaxies in groups at fixed luminosity is similar to the field, whilst the brightest ellipticals are strongly enhanced towards the group centres (>99.999% confidence within 0.3Mpc). We conclude that the group and sub-group environments must be dominant for the formation of S0 galaxies, and that minor mergers, galaxy harassment and tidal interactions are the most likely responsible mechanisms. This has implications not only for the inferred pre-processing of cluster galaxies...

  4. Evolution in the Disks and Bulges of Group Galaxies since z=0.4

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    McGee, Sean L; Henderson, Robert D E; Wilman, David J; Bower, Richard G; Mulchaey, John S; Oemler, Augustus

    2008-01-01

    We present quantitative morphology measurements of a sample of optically selected group galaxies at 0.3 < z < 0.55 using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and the GIM2D surface brightness--fitting software package. The group sample is derived from the Canadian Network for Observational Cosmology Field Redshift survey (CNOC2) and follow-up Magellan spectroscopy. We compare these measurements to a similarly selected group sample from the Millennium Galaxy Catalogue (MGC) at 0.05 < z < 0.12. We find that, at both epochs, the group and field fractional bulge luminosity (B/T) distributions differ significantly, with the dominant difference being a deficit of disk--dominated (B/T < 0.2) galaxies in the group samples. At fixed luminosity, z=0.4 groups have ~ 5.5 +/- 2 % fewer disk--dominated galaxies than the field, while by z=0.1 this difference has increased to ~ 19 +/- 6 %. Despite the morphological evolution we see no evidence that the group environment is actively...

  5. Nature of the Absorbing Gas associated with a Galaxy Group at z~0.4

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    Peroux, Celine; Quiret, Samuel; Pettini, Max; Kulkarni, Varsha P; York, Donald G; Straka, Lorrie; Husemann, Bernd; Milliard, Bruno

    2016-01-01

    We present new MUSE observations of quasar field Q2131-1207 with a log N(HI)=19.50+/-0.15 sub-DLA at z_abs=0.42980. We detect four galaxies at a redshift consistent with that of the absorber where only one was known before this study. Two of these are star forming galaxies, while the ones further away from the quasar (>140 kpc) are passive galaxies. We report the metallicities of the HII regions of the closest objects (12+log(O/H)=8.98+/-0.02 and 8.32+/-0.16) to be higher or equivalent within the errors to the metallicity measured in absorption in the neutral phase of the gas (8.15+/-0.20). For the closest object, a detailed morpho-kinematic analysis indicates that it is an inclined large rotating disk with V_max=200+/-3 km/s. We measure the masses to be M_dyn=7.4+/-0.4 x 10^10 M_sun and M_halo=2.9+/-0.2 x 10^12 M_sun. Some of the gas seen in absorption is likely to be co-rotating with the halo of that object, possibly due to a warped disk. The azimuthal angle between the quasar line of sight and the projecte...

  6. Nature of the absorbing gas associated with a galaxy group at z˜0.4

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    Péroux, Céline; Rahmani, Hadi; Quiret, Samuel; Pettini, Max; Kulkarni, Varsha; York, Donald G.; Straka, Lorrie; Husemann, Bernd; Milliard, Bruno

    2017-01-01

    We present new Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer observations of quasar field Q2131-1207 with a log N(H I} = 19.50 ± 0.15 sub-damped Lyman α at zabs = 0.42980. We detect four galaxies at a redshift consistent with that of the absorber where only one was known before this study. Two of these are star-forming galaxies, while the ones further away from the quasar (>140 kpc) are passive galaxies. We report the metallicities of the H II regions of the closest objects (12 + log(O/H) = 8.98 ± 0.02 and 8.32 ± 0.16) to be higher or equivalent within the errors to the metallicity measured in absorption in the neutral phase of the gas (8.15 ± 0.20). For the closest object, a detailed morphokinematic analysis indicates that it is an inclined large rotating disc with Vmax = 200 ± 3 km s-1. We measure the masses to be Mdyn = 7.4 ± 0.4 × 1010 M⊙ and Mhalo = 2.9 ± 0.2 × 1012 M⊙. Some of the gas seen in absorption is likely to be corotating with the halo of that object, possibly due to a warped disc. The azimuthal angle between the quasar line-of-sight and the projected major axis of the galaxy on the sky is 12° ± 1° which indicates that some other fraction of the absorbing gas might be associated with accreting gas. This is further supported by the galaxy to gas metallicity difference. Based on the same arguments, we exclude outflows as a possibility to explain the gas in absorption. The four galaxies form a large structure (at least 200 kpc wide) consistent with a filament or a galaxy group so that a fraction of the absorption could be related to intragroup gas.

  7. Air pollution and acute respiratory infections among children 0-4 years of age: an 18-year time-series study.

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    Darrow, Lyndsey A; Klein, Mitchel; Flanders, W Dana; Mulholland, James A; Tolbert, Paige E; Strickland, Matthew J

    2014-11-15

    Upper and lower respiratory infections are common in early childhood and may be exacerbated by air pollution. We investigated short-term changes in ambient air pollutant concentrations, including speciated particulate matter less than 2.5 μm in diameter (PM2.5), in relation to emergency department (ED) visits for respiratory infections in young children. Daily counts of ED visits for bronchitis and bronchiolitis (n = 80,399), pneumonia (n = 63,359), and upper respiratory infection (URI) (n = 359,246) among children 0-4 years of age were collected from hospitals in the Atlanta, Georgia, area for the period 1993-2010. Daily pollutant measurements were combined across monitoring stations using population weighting. In Poisson generalized linear models, 3-day moving average concentrations of ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and the organic carbon fraction of particulate matter less than 2.5 μm in diameter (PM2.5) were associated with ED visits for pneumonia and URI. Ozone associations were strongest and were observed at low (cold-season) concentrations; a 1-interquartile range increase predicted a 4% increase (95% confidence interval: 2%, 6%) in visits for URI and an 8% increase (95% confidence interval: 4%, 13%) in visits for pneumonia. Rate ratios tended to be higher in the 1- to 4-year age group compared with infants. Results suggest that primary traffic pollutants, ozone, and the organic carbon fraction of PM2.5 exacerbate upper and lower respiratory infections in early life, and that the carbon fraction of PM2.5 is a particularly harmful component of the ambient particulate matter mixture.

  8. Leading causes of injury hospitalisation in children aged 0-4 years in New South Wales by injury submechanism: a brief profile by age and sex.

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    Schmertmann, Marcia; Williamson, Ann; Black, Deborah

    2012-11-01

    To identify the leading causes of injury in children aged 0-4 years by single year of age using injury submechanisms and present a brief epidemiologic profile of each cause. Hospitalisation data for New South Wales from 1999 to 2009 were used to identify the leading causes of injury for children aged 0-4 years by single year of age. For each leading cause, rates over time and by sex were calculated by single year of age. Associated age and sex risk ratios were estimated. The leading causes of injury for children aged leading injury cause exhibited an age pattern that remained stable over time and by sex. Age predicted falls while being carried and both age and sex predicted the remaining leading injury causes, with age and sex interacting to predict burns by hot non-aqueous substances. Epidemiologic analysis using single-year age intervals and injury submechanisms results in a clearer picture of injury risk for young children. The findings of this study provide detailed information regarding the leading causes of hospitalised injury in young children by age and sex. Child health-care providers can use this information to focus discussions of child development and injury risk with families of young children and suggest appropriate prevention measures in terms of a child's age and sex. © 2012 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2012 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians).

  9. A Pair of O VI and Broad Ly-alpha Absorbers Probing Warm Gas in a Galaxy Group Environment at z ~ 0.4

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    Pachat, Sachin; Muzahid, Sowgat; Khaire, Vikram; Srianand, Raghunathan; Wakker, Bart P; Savage, Blair D

    2016-01-01

    We report on the detection of two O VI absorbers separated in velocity by 710 km/s at z ~ 0.4 towards the background quasar SBS0957+599. Both absorbers are multiphase systems tracing substantial reservoirs of warm baryons. The low and intermediate ionization metals in the first absorber is consistent with an origin in photoionized gas. The O VI has a velocity structure different from other metal species. The Ly-alpha shows the presence of a broad feature. The line widths for O VI and the broad Ly-alpha suggest T = 7.1 x 10^5 K. This warm medium is probing a baryonic column which is an order of magnitude more than the total hydrogen in the cooler photoionized gas. The second absorber is detected only in H I and O VI. Here the temperature of 4.6 x 10^4 K supports O VI originating in a low-density photoionized gas. A broad component is seen in the Ly-alpha, offset from the O VI. The temperature in the broad Ly-alpha is T < 2.1 x 10^5 K. The absorbers reside in a galaxy overdensity region with 7 spectroscopica...

  10. Denver Developmental Test Findings and their Relationship with Sociodemographic Variables in a Large Community Sample of 0-4-Year-Old Children.

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    Çelikkiran, Seyhan; Bozkurt, Hasan; Coşkun, Murat

    2015-06-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of developmental problems and relationship with sociodemographic variables in a community sample of young children. Participants included 1000 children (558 males, 442 females, age range 1-48 months, mean 18.4 months, SD 7.8 months). Children were referred generally by their parents for developmental evaluation and consultation in response to a public announcement in a district area in Istanbul, Turkey. An interview form and the Denver Developmental Screening Test II (DDST) were used for sociodemographic data and developmental evaluation. The χ(2) test and Pearson's correlation test were used for data analysis. Seven hundred forty-one out of 1000 children (74.1%) had normal, 140 (14%) had risky, and 119 (11.9%) had abnormal findings on the DDST results. The probability of abnormal findings on the DDST results was significantly higher in males (p=0.003), the 2-4-year-old group (p0.05). Sociodemographic factors have a noteworthy impact on development. Determining these factors is important especially during the first years of life.

  11. Fifty years of the renormalization group

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    Shirkov, D V

    2001-01-01

    Renormalization was the breakthrough that made quantum field theory respectable in the late 1940s. Since then, renormalization procedures, particularly the renormalization group method, have remained a touchstone for new theoretical developments. This work relates the history of the renormalization group. (17 refs).

  12. Group Counseling with United States Racial Minority Groups: A 25-Year Content Analysis

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    Stark-Rose, Rose M.; Livingston-Sacin, Tina M.; Merchant, Niloufer; Finley, Amanda C.

    2012-01-01

    A 25-year content analysis was conducted of published group work articles that focused on 5 racial groups (African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latino/a, Native American, and Intercultural group). Articles were included if they described an intervention or conceptual model with 1 of the racial groups. The analysis revealed 15 content…

  13. Group Counseling with United States Racial Minority Groups: A 25-Year Content Analysis

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    Stark-Rose, Rose M.; Livingston-Sacin, Tina M.; Merchant, Niloufer; Finley, Amanda C.

    2012-01-01

    A 25-year content analysis was conducted of published group work articles that focused on 5 racial groups (African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latino/a, Native American, and Intercultural group). Articles were included if they described an intervention or conceptual model with 1 of the racial groups. The analysis revealed 15 content…

  14. Yunnan Copper Group Finalized Three Year Development Target

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    2010-01-01

    <正>According to news from Yunnan Copper (Group) Co.,Ltd,the Group Company has put forward its three year development target,namely by the end of 2012 to achieve resource reserve of 15 million tons (in which copper

  15. The Perceptions of Five Years Old Group Students' about Scientists

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    Zeynep Et, Sümeyra; Memis, Esra Kabatas

    2017-01-01

    The purpose of this research is to reveal the perceptions of students of five years old group about scientists. The practice was implemented with 76 students having education in five-age group continuing to various nursery schools located in the center of Kastamonu province. Before starting the practice, the teacher asked the questions of…

  16. The OMERACT Ultrasound Working Group 10 Years On

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    Bruyn, George A; Naredo, Esperanza; Iagnocco, Annamaria

    2015-01-01

    Musculoskeletal ultrasound (US) now thrives as an established imaging modality for the investigation and management of chronic inflammatory arthritis. We summarize here results of the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) US working group (WG) projects of the last 2 years. These results were...

  17. Thirty-Year Solid Waste Generation Forecast by Treatability Group

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    Thomas, C.

    1994-07-01

    This report is Phase II of the Thirty-Year Solid Waste Generation Forecast for Facilities at SRS. Phase I of the forecast, Thirty-Year Solid Waste Generation Forecast for Facilities at SRS (Reference 4), forecasts the yearly quantities of LLW, hazardous, mixed, and TRU wastes generated over the next 30 years by operations, decontamination and decommissioning, and ER activities at SRS. The solid wastes stored or generated at SRS must be treated and disposed of in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. To evaluate, select, and justify the use of promising treatment technologies and to evaluate the potential impacts to the environment, the generic waste categories described in the Phase I report must be divided into smaller classifications with similar physical, chemical, and radiological characterisics. These classifications, defined as treatability groups, can be used in the WMEIS process to evaluate treatment options. The methodology used to categorize the SRS Solid Waste Streams into treatability groups is based on the premise that the key information ncessary for identifying like treatments can be discerned from the radiological, physical, and chemical properties of the wastes and their contaminants.

  18. Is hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 safe?

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    Haase, Nicolai; Perner, Anders

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT: It is heavily debated whether or not treatment with hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 contributes to the development of acute kidney failure in patients with severe sepsis. In the previous issue of Critical Care, Muller and colleagues report no association between initial resuscitation...... with hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 and renal impairment in a cohort of septic patients. Can we then consider hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 a safe intervention? The answer is no - observational data should be interpreted with caution and should mainly be used to identify risks, while safety must be assessed...

  19. Framatome Owners Group achievement after 15 years of operation

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    Braquilanges, Bertrand de; Delporte, Rene [Electrabel s.a., boulevard du Regent 8, 1000 Bruxelles (Belgium); Van Schalkwyk, Andries C. [Eskom, PO Box 1091, Johannesburg 2001 (South Africa)

    2006-07-01

    The Framatome Owners Group was created in 1991 to share the operating experience of five utilities having Framatome plants: - GNPJVC, operating Daya Bay units (China); - EDF with the 900 and 1300 MWe units (France); - Electrabel, operating Tihange 1 and 2 and Doel 3 (Belgium); - Eskom, operating Koeberg 1 and 2 (South Africa); - KHNP, operating Ulchin 1 and 2 (South Korea). LANPC, future operator of Ling Ao units (China) joined the FROG in 2000. The FROG was also opened to operators having bought main components to Framatome ANP, like Ringhals AB (1997 - Sweden) or British Energy (2003 - UK). When requested by operators, working groups and networks of correspondents have been initiated when specific issues needed to be investigated. Today there are five working groups: - Steam Generator Technical Committee, which has been joined also by non full FROG Members: NEK (Krsko, Slovenia), NOK (Beznau, Switzerland), NSP (Prairie Island, USA); - Emergency Operating Procedures WG, in which the non full FROG Member Fortum (Loviisa, Finland) participates; - The Corrosion WG; - The Risk Informed Applications WG; - The Outage Optimization WG. Two networks of specialists operate on aging of mechanical equipment and transformers failures. Through these working groups and networks, Framatome ANP worldwide representatives answer the requests of the FROG members. The assistance of the whole group AREVA is also possible (e.g. T and D coordinates technically the network on transformers). Joint Programs can be initiated when there is a common interest to investigate a topic more deeply, for instance, recent programs in the SGTC aim at reducing sludge amount in the Steam Generator. As regards EOP WG, Members currently focus on a guidance to reduce the risk of sumps clogging issue. The Corrosion Working Group performs an experimental program aiming at studying the effects of surface conditions on the Stress Corrosion Cracking of 182/22 Ni base welds. This induces a large documentation

  20. Trends in asthma mortality in the 0- to 4-year and 5- to 34-year age groups in Brazil.

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    Graudenz, Gustavo Silveira; Carneiro, Dominique Piacenti; Vieira, Rodolfo de Paula

    2017-01-01

    To provide an update on trends in asthma mortality in Brazil for two age groups: 0-4 years and 5-34 years. Data on mortality from asthma, as defined in the International Classification of Diseases, were obtained for the 1980-2014 period from the Mortality Database maintained by the Information Technology Department of the Brazilian Unified Health Care System. To analyze time trends in standardized asthma mortality rates, we conducted an ecological time-series study, using regression models for the 0- to 4-year and 5- to 34-year age groups. There was a linear trend toward a decrease in asthma mortality in both age groups, whereas there was a third-order polynomial fit in the general population. Although asthma mortality showed a consistent, linear decrease in individuals ≤ 34 years of age, the rate of decline was greater in the 0- to 4-year age group. The 5- to 34-year group also showed a linear decline in mortality, and the rate of that decline increased after the year 2004, when treatment with inhaled corticosteroids became more widely available. The linear decrease in asthma mortality found in both age groups contrasts with the nonlinear trend observed in the general population of Brazil. The introduction of inhaled corticosteroid use through public policies to control asthma coincided with a significant decrease in asthma mortality rates in both subsets of individuals over 5 years of age. The causes of this decline in asthma-related mortality in younger age groups continue to constitute a matter of debate. Apresentar uma atualização das tendências da mortalidade da asma no Brasil em duas faixas etárias: 0-4 anos e 5-34 anos. Dados relativos ao período de 1980 a 2014 referentes à mortalidade da asma, conforme se definiu na Classificação Internacional de Doenças, foram extraídos Sistema de Informação sobre Mortalidade do Departamento de Tecnologia da Informação do Sistema Único de Saúde. Para analisar as tendências temporais das taxas

  1. [Stratification of clinical risk groups in a population over 65 years: features and nursing assessment].

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    Lozano-Vidal, Ruth; López-Pisa, Rosa M; Boyero-Granados, Ana; Recio-Ramos, Sandra; Padín-Minaya, Cristina; Garzón-Quiñones, Marina; Rodríguez-Latre, Luisa M

    2014-01-01

    To analyze the characteristics of the population over 65 years served in a Basic Health Area, according to the Clinical Risk Group (CRG) classification and geriatric assessment test performed by the nurse in relation to their complexity. A descriptive, cross-sectional and observational prevalence study was conducted on the population over 65 years served in a Basic Health Area. The variables collected were: socio-demographic, CRG classification, diseases (ICD-10), healthcare activity, geriatric assessment, and preventive activities. The CRG classification was used as a measurement tool. Data was collected from the Primary Care computerized clinical history (e-CAP). Population over 65 years: 3,219 people; served at home, 130 (4%), and in residential institutions, 92 (2.85%). The population was grouped into: CRG 1-2: 83 (2.5%); CRG 3: 62 (2%); CRG 4: 99 (3%); CRG 5: 537 (17%); CRG 6: 2,077 (64.5%); CRG 7: 276 (8.6%); CRG 8: 61 (2%); CRG 9: 14 (0.4%). Most frequent chronic diseases: 69.12% AHT; 24.94% DM; 19.51% depression; 11.09% kidney failure. The groups 6-7-8 that were analyzed included 2,414 people (75%). Of those within CRG 6-7-8, only 570 (24%) had tests carried out by the geriatric nurse. The mean number of individuals assigned by a nurse for CRG 6-7-8 was 302. The introduction of classification systems in clinical practice, such as the CRG, along with the use of the new information and communication technologies, helps to incorporate predictive models of health needs. It also promotes proactive actions by nurses and the team to prevent complications of diseases, as well as improving efficiency in the use of services and in care of the complex patients. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  2. Backwards and Forwards: 50 years of the Education Group

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    2000-01-01

    The Education Group of the Institute of Physics celebrated its 50th anniversary by dedicating its annual 16 - 19 Day to a conference entitled Post-16 Physics: Looking forward, learning from the past. This attracted an audience of 50 or so nostalgia-seekers on Saturday 13 November at the Portland Place HQ. Philip Britton (Chair of the Education Group) began the proceedings in his usual pawky way by challenging members to identify the year in which some hardy topics were first addressed. A key trend in titles was the movement from problem to challenge . He looked forward to the time when success was a keynote word. Few identified Physics in Industry with the year of the deepest recession of the Thatcher Era. Tim Akrill (Chief A-level Physics Examiner for Edexcel) reminded us that A-levels were just about as old as the Education Group before taking us on an informative and entertaining tour of Assessment and Examinations through the Ages . Things have indeed become more complex since the very first written examination of 6th century China, when the only question, set every year, was: `Write down everything you know'. In 1951 an A-level physics paper gave a choice of six out of twelve questions and appeared in an A5 booklet of perhaps as many as four pages. The satisfying thump of a kilogram mass of current Edexcel A-level physics papers resounded through the room as he dropped them on a table. In those innocent days all questions followed the DDC format: define, describe, calculate . `Question spotting' was an art (or science) assiduously developed by teachers, as Lees' Disk alternated with Searle's Bar with less than exciting regularity. Have standards fallen? He thought not. At Edexcel they still get about 4000 candidates getting the higher grades, a number that has stayed the same for some 20 years. He singled out Nuffield Advanced Physics as being responsible for the greatest innovations in exam style since, well, the Chinese really. Styles such as Practical

  3. 25 Years of Quantum Groups: from Definition to Classification

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    A. Stolin

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In mathematics and theoretical physics, quantum groups are certain non-commutative, non-cocommutative Hopf algebras, which first appeared in the theory of quantum integrable models and later they were formalized by Drinfeld and Jimbo. In this paper we present a classification scheme for quantum groups, whose classical limit is a polynomial Lie algebra. As a consequence we obtain deformed XXX and XXZ Hamiltonians. 

  4. Twining Genera of (0,4) Supersymmetric Sigma Models on K3

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    Harrison, Sarah; Paquette, Natalie M

    2013-01-01

    Conformal field theories with (0,4) worldsheet supersymmetry and K3 target can be used to compactify the E8xE8 heterotic string to six dimensions in a supersymmetric manner. The data specifying such a model includes an appropriate configuration of 24 gauge instantons in the E8xE8 gauge group to satisfy the constraints of anomaly cancellation. In this note, we compute twining genera - elliptic genera with appropriate insertions of discrete symmetry generators in the trace - for (0,4) theories with various instanton embeddings. We do this by constructing linear sigma models which flow to the desired conformal field theories, and using the techniques of localization. We present several examples of such twining genera which are consistent with a moonshine relating these (0,4) models to the finite simple sporadic group M24.

  5. Celebrating 50 years of the CERN Computing Operations group

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    Katarina Anthony

    2013-01-01

    Last week, former and current computing operations staff, managers and system engineers were reunited at CERN. They came together to celebrate a milestone not only for the IT Department but also for CERN: the 50th anniversary of the CERN Operations group and the 40th birthday of the Computer Centre.   The reunion was organised by former chief operator, Pierre Bénassi, and took place from 26 to 27 April. Among the 44 attendees were Neil Spoonley and Charles Symons, who together created the Operations group back in 1963. “At that time, working in the Operations group was a very physical job,” recalls former Operations Group Leader, David Underhill. “For that reason, many of the first operators were former firemen.” A few of the participants enjoyed a tour of CERN landmarks during their visit (see photo). The group toured the CERN Computing Centre (accompanied by IT Department Head, Frédéric Hemmer), as well as the ATLAS cav...

  6. CO investigation of z=0.4-1.5 galaxies

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    Melchior, A -L

    2007-01-01

    We report on the results of an IRAM-30m search for CO emission lines in three galaxies at intermediate redshifts. The idea was to investigate the molecular content of galaxies bright in the infrared at z=0.4-1.5, a redshift desert for molecular line studies, poorly investigated as of yet. We integrated 8-10h per source and did not succeed in detecting any of the sources. From our upper limits, we are able to constrain the molecular gas content in these systems to less than 4 to 8 x 10^9 Mo, assuming a CO-to-H_2 conversion factor (\\alpha=0.8 Mo/(K km s^-1 pc^2)). We stress the current difficulty of selecting sources with a detectable molecular content, a problem that will be faced by the ALMA First Science projects.

  7. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Mg–3.0Nd–0.4Zn–0.4Zr magnesium alloy

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    L.H. Wen

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Mg–3.0Nd–0.4Zn–0.4Zr magnesium alloy were prepared by cast-extruding and chip-extruding. Microstructure, tensile and creep properties of the alloy were investigated. The results show that the alloy exhibit particle dynamic recrystallization during extrusion. The cast extruded-T6 rods at room temperature have a highest tensile strength of 258.5 MPa and a highest yield strength of 135.7 MPa. With the increase of test temperature, the strength of the alloy declines and the elongation increases. At 473 K, creep strain in the primary creep stage increases with increasing the creep stresses. Under 110 MPa, time spent during primary creep decreases with increasing the test temperatures. Stress exponent and creep activation energy of the alloy are 4.4 and 104 kJ/mol, respectively. Creep of the alloy can be controlled by dislocation climb mechanism. The morphology of the fracture surfaces was examined by employing scanning electron microscope.

  8. Down's syndrome: a ten-year group study.

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    Gaynon, M W; Schimek, R A

    1977-12-01

    Thirty individuals with the clinical diagnosis of Down's syndrome received ophthalmologic examination periodically over 10 years at a state school for exceptional children. External examination, retinoscopy, anterior segment evaluation, ophthalmoscopy, and tonometry were usually done. The ages at present range from 10 to 50 years. The sex ratio was 80% male and 20% female. Three subjects died during the course of the study. The most frequent ocular anomalies were oblique fissures, refractive error, blepharoconjunctivitis, epicanthus, and Brushfield's spots. All of these occurred in 50% or more of the subjects.

  9. Remote Sensing Information Sciences Research Group: Santa Barbara Information Sciences Research Group, year 4

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    Estes, John E.; Smith, Terence; Star, Jeffrey L.

    1987-01-01

    Information Sciences Research Group (ISRG) research continues to focus on improving the type, quantity, and quality of information which can be derived from remotely sensed data. Particular focus in on the needs of the remote sensing research and application science community which will be served by the Earth Observing System (EOS) and Space Station, including associated polar and co-orbiting platforms. The areas of georeferenced information systems, machine assisted information extraction from image data, artificial intelligence and both natural and cultural vegetation analysis and modeling research will be expanded.

  10. Positron annihilation characterization of free volume in micro- and macro-modified Cu0.4Co0.4Ni0.4Mn1.8O4 ceramics

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    Klym, H.; Ingram, A.; Shpotyuk, O.; Hadzaman, I.; Solntsev, V.; Hotra, O.; Popov, A. I.

    2016-07-01

    Free volume and pore size distribution size in functional micro and macro-micro-modified Cu0.4Co0.4Ni0.4Mn1.8O4 ceramics are characterized by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy in comparison with Hg-porosimetry and scanning electron microscopy technique. Positron annihilation results are interpreted in terms of model implication positron trapping and ortho-positronium decaying. It is shown that free volume of positron traps are the same type for macro and micro modified Cu0.4Co0.4Ni0.4Mn1.8O4 ceramics. Classic Tao-Eldrup model in spherical approximation is used to calculation of the size of nanopores smaller than 2 nm using the ortho-positronium lifetime.

  11. Online Reflective Group Discussion--Connecting First Year Undergraduate Students with Their Third Year Peers

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    Tsang, Annetta K. L.

    2011-01-01

    University professional programs seek to develop students as reflective practitioners. The ability to critically reflect is often assumed to occur along the way. The explicit development of critical reflective skills among students is challenging. This study describes the utilization of online group discussion for critical reflection and provides…

  12. Balanced Hydroxyethylstarch (HES 130/0.4 Impairs Kidney Function In-Vivo without Inflammation.

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    Martin Alexander Schick

    Full Text Available Volume therapy is a standard procedure in daily perioperative care, and there is an ongoing discussion about the benefits of colloid resuscitation with hydroxyethylstarch (HES. In sepsis HES should be avoided due to a higher risk for acute kidney injury (AKI. Results of the usage of HES in patients without sepsis are controversial. Therefore we conducted an animal study to evaluate the impact of 6% HES 130/0.4 on kidney integrity with sepsis or under healthy conditions Sepsis was induced by standardized Colon Ascendens Stent Peritonitis (sCASP. sCASP-group as well as control group (C remained untreated for 24 h. After 18 h sCASP+HES group (sCASP+VOL and control+HES (C+VOL received 50 ml/KG balanced 6% HES (VOL 130/0.4 over 6 h. After 24 h kidney function was measured via Inulin- and PAH-Clearance in re-anesthetized rats, and serum urea, creatinine (crea, cystatin C and Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL as well as histopathology were analysed. In vitro human proximal tubule cells (PTC were cultured +/- lipopolysaccharid (LPS and with 0.1-4.0% VOL. Cell viability was measured with XTT-, cell toxicity with LDH-test. sCASP induced severe septic AKI demonstrated divergent results regarding renal function by clearance or creatinine measure focusing on VOL. Soleley HES (C+VOL deteriorated renal function without sCASP. Histopathology revealed significantly derangements in all HES groups compared to control. In vitro LPS did not worsen the HES induced reduction of cell viability in PTC cells. For the first time, we demonstrated, that application of 50 ml/KG 6% HES 130/0.4 over 6 hours induced AKI without inflammation in vivo. Severity of sCASP induced septic AKI might be no longer susceptible to the way of volume expansion.

  13. Mentoring First Year Study Groups--Benefits from the Mentors' Perspective

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    Dyrberg, Nadia Rahbek; Michelsen, Claus

    2017-01-01

    The "study group concept" at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) was implemented to aid first year students' transitional challenges. A mentor (an older student) is affiliated each study group to facilitate productive group work, bring awareness to study habits, and share his/her own experiences with life as a student. The study…

  14. Bringing the Montessori Three-Year Multi-Age Group to the Adolescent.

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    Kahn, David

    2003-01-01

    Describes the benefits of including the ninth grade within the 3-year multi-age group setting within a Montessori farm school. Notes how seventh, eighth, and ninth grades work together in one family cluster, allowing 15-year-olds to avoid the pecking order of the high school freshman year while developing personal leadership, confidence, and a…

  15. Domain analysis of computational science - Fifty years of a scientific computing group

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    Tanaka, M.

    2010-02-23

    I employed bibliometric- and historical-methods to study the domain of the Scientific Computing group at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) for an extended period of fifty years, from 1958 to 2007. I noted and confirmed the growing emergence of interdisciplinarity within the group. I also identified a strong, consistent mathematics and physics orientation within it.

  16. Problems of Children of School Age (5-9 Years): Report on a Working Group.

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    This report presents the proceedings of a working group convened in Copenhagen in November 1975 by the World Health Organization to discuss the problems of children 5 to 9 years. The report focuses on a survey of the general problems of European children of this particular age, individual risk factors, and individual groups at risk, and suggests…

  17. The environments of starburst and post-starburst galaxies at z=0.4-0.8

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    Poggianti, Bianca M; Zaritsky, Dennis; De Lucia, Gabriella; Milvang-Jensen, Bo; Desai, Vandana; Jablonka, Pascale; Halliday, Claire; Rudnick, Gregory; Varela, Jesus; Bamford, Steven; Best, Philip; Clowe, Douglas; Noll, Stefan; Saglia, Roberto; Pello, Roser; Simard, Luc; von der Linden, Anja; White, Simon

    2008-01-01

    Post-starburst (E+A or k+a) spectra, characterized by their exceptionally strong Balmer lines in absorption and the lack of emission lines, belong to galaxies in which the star formation activity ended abruptly sometime during the past Gyr. We perform a spectral analysis of galaxies in clusters, groups, poor groups and the field at z=0.4-0.8 based on the ESO Distant Cluster Survey. The incidence of k+a's at these redshifts depends strongly on environment. K+a's reside preferentially in clusters and, unexpectedly, in a subset of the sigma = 200-400 km/s groups, those that have a low fraction of [OII] emitters. In these environments, 20-30% of the recently star-forming galaxies have had their star formation activity recently truncated. In contrast, there are proportionally fewer k+a's in the field, the poor groups and groups with a high [OII] fraction. The incidence of k+a galaxies correlates with the cluster velocity dispersion: more massive clusters have higher proportions of k+a's. Spectra of dusty starburst...

  18. Event related potentials in anemic school--going girls of age group 8 to 10 years.

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    Bandhu, R; Shankar, N; Tandon, O P; Madan, N

    2011-01-01

    In the present study the effects of anemia on cognitive functions were studied in school going girls aged 8-10 years. The cognitive functions were assessed by Event Related Potentials (P300) and by the psychometric tests, i.e., Raven's progressive matrices test and Digit span attention test. The girls with Hb 12 g/dl into control group. Hematological values of the control group were significantly better than anemic group. P300 latency in the anemic girls was delayed as compared to control group but, no statistically significant difference was observed for P300 latency and P300 amplitude between the control group and the anemic group. The psychometric test scores for intelligence quotient and transformed quotient were also better but not statistically significant in control group of girls as compared to anemic girls. However, the hematocrit values showed a significant correlation with the P300 wave latency showing that the hematological status is associated with some effects on cognition.

  19. The Effectivenss of a Group Guidance Program on The Realistic Field Choice Amondst First Year High

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    Davut AYDIN

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available In this research, the effectiveness of a group guidance program in terms of assisting first year high school students to choose realistically their study field was examined.The research was carried out with 40 pupils who were randomly selected among the first year Özel Ferda Lisesi pupils, in Ankara, during the academic year 2001-2002.The subjects were separated to two groups: the experimental group which attended the group guidance program and the control group which did not. Both groups were tested before the guidance program was implemented and after.The program developed by the researcher, was mainly based on cognitive-behavioural approach with a substantial emphasis on informational and interactional techniques.The independent variable of the research was the group guidance program that was applied to the experimental group. The dependent variable of the study was students’ aptitude points.The program consisted of 12 sessions and it was administered every five days. Each session lasted for about 90 minutes. After the last session of the program, the student evaluation scale, which was developed by Kuzgun, was given to both the experimental and the control group members. In order to test this hypothesis thedependent-samples t-test was used.The results indicated that the experimental group members’ score both in the aptitude test become closer to their teachers rating after the group guidance program while the control group members score did not change from the first to the second application of the test.

  20. Structural model of in-group dynamic of 6-10 years old boys’ motor fitness

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    Ivashchenko O.V.

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: to determine structural model of in-group dynamic of 6-10 years old boys’ motor fitness. Material: in the research 6 years old boys (n=48, 7 years old (n=45, 8 years old (n=60, 9 years’ age (n=47 and10 years’ age (n=40 participated. We carried out analysis of factorial model of schoolchildren’s motor fitness. Results: we received information for taking decisions in monitoring of physical education. This information is also necessary for working out of effective programs of children’s and adolescents’ physical training. We determined model of motor fitness and specified informative tests for pedagogic control in every age group. In factorial model of boys’ motor fitness the following factor is the most significant: for 6 years - complex development of motor skills; for 7 years - also complex development of motor skills; for 8 years - strength and coordination; for 9 years - complex development of motor skills; for 10 years - complex development of motor skills. Conclusions: In factorial model of 6-10 years old boys’ motor fitness the most significant are backbone and shoulder joints’ mobility, complex manifestation of motor skills, motor coordination. The most informative tests for assessment of different age boys’ motor fitness have been determined.

  1. The Incorporation of the School Age Group of 16-18 Years Old in Gambling

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    MSc. Alfred Nela

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The scientific research of this paper focuses on the involvement of the school age group 16-18 years old in sports betting games impacted by beliefs on luck and social groups. For the collection of data literature is utilized, questionnaires are distributed and also focus groups were conducted. The assumptions of the assignment are: a The involvement of school age group 16-18 years in sports betting games are manners learned from their comrades, b The school age group 16-18 years old attribute to fate the participation in sports betting games. Over 64% of responses manifest that they have learned the rules from their companions. The revelations and questionnaire responses argue that over 45% of students in their classes play sports bets, and 34% think that the phenomena of sports betting depends on luck. The major part of this age group do not practice and believe in fortunate rituals or activities. The acquired data reflect that the extent of involvement of this age group is in substantial dimensions. We suggest that the decision-making bodies and service providers should develop strategies in order to reduce the phenomenon.

  2. Preparation and electrochemical properties of SrCe0.4Zr0.4Yb0.2O2.9 electrolyte

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    Juan Li; Ruisong Guo; Hong Jiang

    2012-11-01

    The perovskite Yb-doped strontium cerate–zirconate material, SrCe0.4Zr0.4Yb0.2O2.9, was prepared by solid-state reaction and the structure was characterized by X-ray diffraction. The calcination process of the powder was investigated by thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis (TG–DTA). The high temperature conductivities were measured by d.c. four-probe technique in the temperature range from 500 to 950°C in wet hydrogen and effect of temperature on conductivity was investigated. The conductivity increased with the elevation of temperature from 500 to 950°C. The highest conductivity of 4.4 × 10-2 S.cm-1 was observed for SrCe0.4Zr0.4Yb0.2O2.9 at 950°C. The current–voltage (–) and current–power (–) characteristics of the single cell (H2, Pt/SrCe0.4Zr0.4Yb0.2O2.9/Pt, O2) at temperature range from 600 to 850°C were tested. With the temperature increasing from 600 to 850°C, the open circuit voltage (OCV) decreased from 1.164 to 1.073 V and the ionic transfer number decreased from 0.996 to 0.946. At 850°C, the maximum power density of 25.2 mW.cm-2 was observed.

  3. The ICES Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology: Accomplishments of the first 25 years

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    Wiebe, Peter H.; Harris, Roger; Gislason, Astthor; Margonski, Piotr; Skjoldal, Hein Rune; Benfield, Mark; Hay, Steve; O'Brien, Todd; Valdés, Luis

    2016-02-01

    The ICES Study Group on Zooplankton Ecology was created in 1991 to address issues of current and future concern within the field of zooplankton ecology. Within three years it became the ICES Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology (ICES WGZE) and this unique group in the world's oceanographic community has now been active for 25 years. This article reviews and synthesizes the products, and major accomplishments of the group. Achievements of the group, including the Zooplankton Methodology Manual, the Zooplankton Status Reports, and the International Zooplankton Symposia, have had an important impact on the wider field. Among the future issues that remain to be addressed by the group are the assessment of exploratory fisheries on zooplankton and micronekton species; further development of the zooplankton time-series; compilation and integration of allometric relationships for zooplankton species, and evaluation of new methodologies for the study of zooplankton distribution, abundance, physiology, and genetics. Marine science is an increasingly global undertaking and groups such as the ICES WGZE will continue to be essential to the advancement of understanding of zooplankton community structure and population dynamics in the world's oceans.

  4. Group CBT for early psychosis--are there still benefits one year later?

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    Lecomte, Tania; Leclerc, Claude; Wykes, Til

    2012-04-01

    Our team recently conducted a randomized controlled trial comparing group cognitive behavior therapy for psychosis (CBTp) to group social skills training for symptom management and a wait-list control group, for early psychosis. The results at post-therapy and six months provided considerable empirical support for the efficacy of the group CBTp. The results of the one-year follow-up are described here. Given the high attrition rates, mostly in the comparison and control conditions, imputations were not possible, so that only the results of those having completed more than 50% of the group CBTp are presented. Significant improvements at 12 months were found for social support and insight. Negative symptoms remained low, whereas positive symptoms went back to pre-therapy levels. Challenges regarding attrition with this clientele are discussed.

  5. Oral health and dental behaviour in 11-year-old children of different ethnic groups

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    Verrips, G.H.; Frencken, J.E.; Kalsbeek, H.; Filedt Kok-Weimar, T.L.

    1993-01-01

    This investigation was first, to assess the oral health of 11-year-old children in four ethnic groups in Amsterdam; second, to assess their dental behaviour and third, to identify potential determinants of frequency of toothbrushing. Representative samples of 97 Surinamese, 209 Moroccan, 128 Turkish

  6. Dyslexia: Group Screening among 15-16-Year-Olds in Oslo, Norway

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    Green, K.; Tonnessen, F. E.; Tambs, K.; Thoresen, M.; Bjertness, E.

    2009-01-01

    In 15-16 year olds from Oslo, Norway, we investigated the occurrence of self-reported dyslexia and reading/writing difficulties (RWD), and we measured dyslexic symptoms using the "Duvan" dyslexia screening test. The prevalence of self-reported dyslexia was 8.2%, while 10.4% reported severe or moderate RWD. The group of self-reported dyslexics…

  7. Relative stability of core groups in pollination networks in a biodiversity hotspot over four years.

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    Qiang Fang

    Full Text Available Plants and their pollinators form pollination networks integral to the evolution and persistence of species in communities. Previous studies suggest that pollination network structure remains nested while network composition is highly dynamic. However, little is known about temporal variation in the structure and function of plant-pollinator networks, especially in species-rich communities where the strength of pollinator competition is predicted to be high. Here we quantify temporal variation of pollination networks over four consecutive years in an alpine meadow in the Hengduan Mountains biodiversity hotspot in China. We found that ranked positions and idiosyncratic temperatures of both plants and pollinators were more conservative between consecutive years than in non-consecutive years. Although network compositions exhibited high turnover, generalized core groups--decomposed by a k-core algorithm--were much more stable than peripheral groups. Given the high rate of turnover observed, we suggest that identical plants and pollinators that persist for at least two successive years sustain pollination services at the community level. Our data do not support theoretical predictions of a high proportion of specialized links within species-rich communities. Plants were relatively specialized, exhibiting less variability in pollinator composition at pollinator functional group level than at the species level. Both specialized and generalized plants experienced narrow variation in functional pollinator groups. The dynamic nature of pollination networks in the alpine meadow demonstrates the potential for networks to mitigate the effects of fluctuations in species composition in a high biodiversity area.

  8. Cross-year peer tutoring on internal medicine wards: results of a qualitative focus group analysis

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Markus Krautter,1 Sven Andreesen,2 Nadja Köhl-Hackert,2 Katja Hoffmann,3 Wolfgang Herzog,2 Christoph Nikendei2 1Department of Nephrology, University of Heidelberg, 2Department of General Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics, University of Heidelberg Medical Hospital, 3Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, University Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany Background: Peer-assisted learning (PAL has become a well-accepted teaching method within medical education. However, descriptions of on-ward PAL programs are rare. A focus group analysis of a newly established PAL program on an internal medicine ward was conducted to provide insights into PAL teaching from a student perspective.Purpose: To provide insights into students' experiences regarding their on-ward training with and without accompanying PAL tutors.Methods: A total of N=168 medical students in their sixth semester participated in the investigation (intervention group: N=88; control group: N=80. The intervention group took part in the PAL program, while the control group received standard on-ward training. There were seven focus groups with N=43 participants (intervention group: four focus groups, N=28 participants; control group: three focus groups, N=15 participants. The discussions were analyzed using content analysis.Results: The intervention group emphasized the role of the tutors as competent and well-trained teachers, most beneficial in supervising clinical skills. Tutors motivate students, help them to integrate into the ward team, and provide a non-fear-based working relationship whereby students' anxiety regarding working on ward decreases. The control group had to rely on autodidactic learning strategies when neither supervising physicians nor final-year students were available.Conclusion: On-ward PAL programs represent a particularly valuable tool for students' support in training clinical competencies on ward. The tutor–student working alliance

  9. Social Integration of 6-7 Year-Old Children in a Handball Initiation Group

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    Irina Sburlan

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available This study is observatory and aims at approaching the training process in 6-7-year-old children in handball in terms of socialization and its main objective is the creation of interpersonal relationships between the team players. By using the bibliographic study, sociometric test, analysis and interpretation of the data collected from 20 children (10 girls and 10 boys aged 6-7 years who were enrolled in a training program in which the group formation was intended to be achieved, we managed to validate the hypothesis according to which if we use in a 6-7-year-old group of children exercises for teaching handball, the level of social integration is improved. The conclusion emphasizes that the results to the second test prove the efficiency of the means of a collective nature.

  10. Controlling factors of pearlite transformation rate of 0.4mass%C steels; 0.4mass% C ko no pearlite hentai sokudo no ritsusokuu inshi

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    Yamashita, T.; Narutani, T. [Kawasaki Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan); Saito, Y. [Waseda Univearsity, Tokyo (Japan). School of Seicence and Engineering

    2000-07-01

    Kinetics of austenite to pearlite phase transformation in 0.4mass%C-X (X=Cr, Ni) steels were investigated. The isothermal transformation curves were analyzed with of the Avrami Equation: X(t)=1-exp(-Gt{sup n}) where X(t) is the fraction transformed and n and Care constants. The exponents n were found to be about 2 except for Cr steels. The value of n for steels containing 0.5 and 1.0 mass% Cr were about 3. This results indicated that the pearlite transformation in 0.4 mass% C steels in present study is controlled by the site saturation mechanism. The parameters G, transformation rate constant of pearlite, were independent of the supercooling from A{sub 1}, temperature and the driving force of pearlite transformation. These values were dependent on the energy differences of ferrite phase from supercooling austenite phase. This energy difference was equivalent to the driving force of eutectoid ferrite. The predicted transformation rate of pearlite is independent of transformation temperature and containing alloy. The pearlite transformation rate of 0.4 mass% C steels was found to be controlled by eutectoid ferrite growth. (author)

  11. ERDA Interlaboratory Working Group for Data Exchange (IWGDE). Annual report for fiscal year 1976

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    Merrill, D.; Austin, D. (eds.)

    1976-09-01

    The activities of the ERDA IWGDE (Interlaboratory Working Group for Data Exchange) during fiscal year 1976 are discussed. The IWGDE was created in response to an evident need for increased sharing of resources among ERDA installations. During fiscal year 1976 it was supported through funds allocated to the Energy Analysis and Assessment programs of seven multipurpose ERDA national laboratories. Principal accomplishments included the interlaboratory exchange of socio-economic, environmental, demographic, and energy-related data bases, liaison development through interlaboratory meetings, creation of a national index of energy-related models and data bases, and definition and partial implementation of a computer-independent standard for exchange of data via magnetic tape.

  12. Psychosocial support groups for patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis: five years of experience.

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    Acha, J; Sweetland, A; Guerra, D; Chalco, K; Castillo, H; Palacios, E

    2007-01-01

    This detailed case history traces the first 5 years of a psychosocial support group intervention aimed to improve adherence to individualized drug regimens for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Peru. A total of eight groups were established in metropolitan Lima and two provinces of Peru led by teams of psychiatrists and nurses. The intervention consisted of bi-monthly support groups, recreational excursions, symbolic celebrations, and periodic family workshops. Notably, of the 285 patients who participated in this intervention, only 3.5% defaulted from treatment. Details include the description of services, patient data, major psychosocial difficulties faced by this population, key challenges, and implications. Psychosocial support is a crucial component of treatment for MDR-TB in order to ensure completion of complicated treatment regimens and enable psychosocial rehabilitation after treatment.

  13. Selecting a comparison group for 5-year oral and pharyngeal cancer survivors: Two methods

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    Logan Henrietta L

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To assess potential long-term consequences of cancer treatment, studies that include comparison groups are needed. These comparison groups should be selected in a way that allows the subtle long-range effects of cancer therapy to be detected and distinguishes them from the effects of aging and other risk factors. The purpose of this investigation was to test two methods of recruiting a comparison group for 5-year oral and pharyngeal cancer survivors (peer-nominated and listed sample with emphasis on feasibility and the quality of the match. Methods Participants were drawn from a pool of 5-year survivors treated at a large Southeastern hospital. A peer-nominated sample was solicited from the survivors. A listed sample matched on sex, age, and zip code was purchased. Telephone interviews were conducted by a professional call center. Results The following represent our key findings: The quality of matching between survivors and listed sample was better than that between survivors and peer-nominated group in age and sex. The quality of matching between the two methods on other key variables did not differ except for education, with the peer method providing a better match for the survivors than the listed sample. The yield for the listed sample method was greater than for the peer-nominated method. The cost per completed interview was greater for the peer-nominated method than the listed sample. Conclusion This study not only documents the methodological challenges in selecting a comparison group for studies examining the late effects of cancer treatment among older individuals but also documents challenges in matching groups that potentially have disproportionate levels of comorbidities and at-risk health behaviors.

  14. Identifying groups at risk for 1-year membership termination from a fitness center at enrollment

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    Stephanie A. Hooker

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The vast majority of Americans do not engage in adequate regular physical activity despite its well-known health benefits. Even when individuals attempt to become more active by joining a fitness center, estimates suggest that nearly half terminate their membership within the first 6 months. A better understanding of who is at risk for early membership termination upon joining may help researchers develop targeted interventions to improve the likelihood that individuals will successfully maintain memberships and physical activity. This study's purpose was to identify, based on a wellness assessment (WA used in fitness centers, individuals at risk for fitness membership termination prior to 1-year. Center members (N = 441; Mage = 41.9, SD = 13.1; 74.4% female completed a comprehensive WA of stress, life satisfaction, physical fitness, metabolic health, and sleep quality at the beginning of their memberships and were followed for one year. Latent class analyses utilized the WA to identify four groups: (a healthy, (b unhealthy, (c poor psychological wellness, and (d poor physical wellness. Participants in the poor psychological wellness group (OR = 2.24, p = 0.007 and the unhealthy group (OR = 2.40, p = 0.037 were significantly more likely to terminate their memberships at 1-year as compared to the healthy group. Participants with poor physical wellness visited the fitness center less frequently than healthy participants (p < 0.01. Results suggest that poor psychological wellness is a risk factor for terminating memberships, whereas poor physical wellness is not. Future studies should replicate these latent classes and develop targeted interventions to address psychological wellness as a method to improve fitness membership retention.

  15. Identifying groups at risk for 1-year membership termination from a fitness center at enrollment.

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    Hooker, Stephanie A; Ross, Kaile M; Ranby, Krista W; Masters, Kevin S; Peters, John C; Hill, James O

    2016-12-01

    The vast majority of Americans do not engage in adequate regular physical activity despite its well-known health benefits. Even when individuals attempt to become more active by joining a fitness center, estimates suggest that nearly half terminate their membership within the first 6 months. A better understanding of who is at risk for early membership termination upon joining may help researchers develop targeted interventions to improve the likelihood that individuals will successfully maintain memberships and physical activity. This study's purpose was to identify, based on a wellness assessment (WA) used in fitness centers, individuals at risk for fitness membership termination prior to 1-year. Center members (N = 441; Mage = 41.9, SD = 13.1; 74.4% female) completed a comprehensive WA of stress, life satisfaction, physical fitness, metabolic health, and sleep quality at the beginning of their memberships and were followed for one year. Latent class analyses utilized the WA to identify four groups: (a) healthy, (b) unhealthy, (c) poor psychological wellness, and (d) poor physical wellness. Participants in the poor psychological wellness group (OR = 2.24, p = 0.007) and the unhealthy group (OR = 2.40, p = 0.037) were significantly more likely to terminate their memberships at 1-year as compared to the healthy group. Participants with poor physical wellness visited the fitness center less frequently than healthy participants (p psychological wellness is a risk factor for terminating memberships, whereas poor physical wellness is not. Future studies should replicate these latent classes and develop targeted interventions to address psychological wellness as a method to improve fitness membership retention.

  16. Forging of cast Mg-3Sn-2Ca-0.4Al-0.4Si magnesium alloy using processing map

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    Rao, K. P.; Suresh, K.; Prasad, Y. V. R. K. [University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China); Hort, N.; Kainer, K. U. [Magnesium Innovation Centre, Geesthacht (Germany)

    2016-06-15

    Mg-3Sn-2Ca (TX32) alloy has good creep resistance but limited workability. Minor amounts of Al and Si have been added to TX32 for improving its hot workability. The processing map for the TX32-0.4Al-0.4Si alloy exhibited two workability domains in the temperature and strain rate ranges: (1) 310-415.deg.C/0.0003-0.003 s-1 and (2) 430-500.deg.C/0.003-3 s-1. The alloy exhibited flow instability at temperatures < 350.deg.C at strain rates > 0.01 s-1. The alloy has been forged to produce a cup shape component to validate these findings of processing map. Finite-element (FE) simulation has been performed for obtaining the local variations of strain and strain rate within the forging. The microstructures of the forged components under the optimal domain conditions revealed dynamically recrystallized grains, and those forged in the flow instability regime have fractured and exhibited flow localization bands and cracks. The experimental load stroke curves correlated well with those obtained by FE simulation.

  17. The Dawn of the Red: Star formation histories of group galaxies over the past 5 billion years

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    McGee, Sean L; Wilman, David J; Bower, Richard G; Mulchaey, John S; Parker, Laura C; Oemler, Augustus

    2010-01-01

    We examine the star formation properties of group and field galaxies in two surveys, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS; at z ~ 0.08) and the Group Environment and Evolution Collaboration (GEEC; at z ~ 0.4). Using UV imaging from the GALEX space telescope, along with optical and, for GEEC, near infrared photometry, we compare the observed spectral energy distributions to large suites of stellar population synthesis models. This allows us to accurately determine star formation rates and stellar masses. We find that star forming galaxies of all environments undergo a systematic lowering of their star formation rate between z=0.4 and z=0.08 regardless of mass. Nonetheless, the fraction of passive galaxies is higher in groups than the field at both redshifts. Moreover, the difference between the group and field grows with time and is mass-dependent, in the sense the the difference is larger at low masses. However, the star formation properties of star forming galaxies, as measured by their average specific star f...

  18. The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) Working Group: 15 years of collaborative focal species research and management

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    Simons, Theodore R.

    2017-01-01

    The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) Working Group formed spontaneously in 2001 as coastal waterbird biologists recognized the potential for American Oystercatchers to serve as focal species for collaborative research and management. Accomplishments over the past 15 years include the establishment of rangewide surveys, color-banding protocols, mark-resight studies, a revision of the Birds of North America species account, and new mechanisms for sharing ideas and data. Collaborations among State, Federal, and private sector scientists, natural resource managers, and dedicated volunteers have provided insights into the biology and conservation of American Oystercatchers in the United States and abroad that would not have been possible without the relationships formed through the Working Group. These accomplishments illustrate how broad collaborative approaches and the engagement of the public are key elements of effective shorebird conservation programs.

  19. Fifty-odd years of inter-group contact: from hypothesis to integrated theory.

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    Hewstone, Miles; Swart, Hermann

    2011-09-01

    We review 50-odd years of research on Allport's (1954)'contact hypothesis', to assess progress, problems, and prospects. We chart the progress that has been made in understanding two distinct forms of contact: direct and indirect. We highlight the progress made in understanding the effects of each type of contact, as well as both moderating and mediating factors, and emphasize the multiple impacts of direct contact, especially. We then consider some of the main critiques of inter-group contact, focusing on empirical issues and whether contact impedes social change, and provide a research agenda for the coming years. We conclude that this body of work no longer merits the modest title of 'hypothesis', but fully deserves acknowledgement as an integrated and influential theory.

  20. The quest for effective pain control during suture adjustment after strabismus surgery: a study evaluating supplementation of 2% lidocaine with 0.4% ropivacaine

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    Full Text Available Howard D Palte, Kara M Cavuoto, Lalitha Sundararaman, Steven Gayer, Joyce Schiffman, Hilda CapoBascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL, USAPurpose: To determine whether the addition of 0.4% ropivacaine to the standard 2% lidocaine peribulbar anesthetic block improves pain scores during suture adjustment in patients undergoing strabismus surgery with adjustable sutures.Methods: Prospective, double-blind study of 30 adult patients aged 21–84 years scheduled for elective strabismus surgery with adjustable sutures. Patients were divided into two groups of 15 patients each based on the local anesthetic. Group A received 2% lidocaine and Group B received 2% lidocaine/0.4% ropivacaine. Pain was assessed using the visual analog scale (VAS preoperatively and at 2, 4, and 6 hours postoperatively. The Lancaster red-green test was used to measure ocular motility at the same time points.Results: The pain scores in the two groups were low and similar at all measurement intervals. The VAS for Group A versus Group B at 2 hours (1.7 versus 2.4, P=0.5 and 4 hours (3.5 versus 3.7, P=0.8 showed no benefit from the addition of ropivacaine. At 6 hours, the VAS (3.7 versus 2.7 was not statistically significant, but the 95% confidence interval indicated that ropivacaine may provide some benefit. A repeated measures ANOVA did not find a statistically significant difference in VAS scores over time (P=0.9. In addition, the duration of akinesia was comparable in both groups (P=0.7.Conclusion: We conclude that the 50:50 mixture of 2% lidocaine with 0.4% ropivacaine as compared to 2% lidocaine in peribulbar anesthetic blocks in adjustable-suture strabismus surgery does not produce significant improvements in pain control during the postoperative and adjustment phases. In addition, ropivacaine did not impair return of full ocular motility at 6 hours, which is advantageous in adjustable-suture strabismus surgery.Keywords: adjustable-suture strabismus surgery, postoperative

  1. The AAS Working Group on Accessibility and Disability (WGAD): Year 1 Highlights

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    Aarnio, Alicia; Monkiewicz, Jacqueline; Murphy, Nicholas Arnold; Nordhaus, Jason; Tuttle, Sarah E.

    2017-01-01

    The AAS Working Group on Accessibility and Disability (WGAD) was formed in January of 2016 with the express purpose of seeking equity of opportunity and building inclusive practices for disabled astronomers at all career stages. In our first year, the WGAD has been actively developing resources and the online infrastructure for the dissemination of information and engagement with the astronomy community. Our official WGAD website has gone live, and we have used both the access: astronomy google group and blog to discuss specific issues of disability justice and to raise awareness for less-discussed barriers to access. The WGAD has developed relationships and collaboration with AAS inclusion committees (SGMA, CSMA, CSWA) so our work can recognize and address the intersections of identity astronomers occupy. In this presentation, we summarize our year one activities, focusing on our recently developed set of recommendations for journal accessibility to ensure everyone can engage with journal content and navigate the submission process. We will also discuss ongoing and future endeavors: a best practices guide for accessibility to be available via our website, and a site visit program.

  2. Characterization of the Young Open Cluster G144.9+0.4 in the Camelopardalis OB1 Association

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    Lin, Chien-Cheng; Panwar, Neelam

    2013-01-01

    Our star-count analysis of the 2MASS point sources resulted in an identification of the star cluster G144.9+0.4. The cluster was found, but not characterized, by \\citet{glu10}. We show that the cluster is physically associated with the Cam\\,OB1 association at a distance of about 1 kpc and with an age of 1--2 Myr. Pre-main sequence stars are identified, on the basis of photometric and proper motion data. A total of 91 additional OB star candidates were found in the subgroup 1A and 1B, a significant increase from the currently known 43 OB stars. The OB members show an age spread that indicates a sustained star formation for at least the last 10--15 years. The young cluster G144.9+0.4 represents the latest episode of sequence star formation in this cloud complex.

  3. Childhood Risk Factors in Substance Abuse Among a Group of Abuser 20-30 Year-Old Group in Tehran

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    A.R. Zahiredin; A. Kiany

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    Substance use disorder is the second most common psychiatric disorders and is far more prevalent among young adults (ages;18-34y/0). Because of its importance and main effect in society, this study performed for evaluation of association fourteen childhood and adoleseence pathologic factors with substance use disorder among a group of abuser (20-30/0)that referred to five addiction center in Tehran . The sample consist 100 patient: including 50 case and 50 control who...

  4. Childhood Risk Factors in Substance Abuse Among a Group of Abuser 20-30 Year-Old Group in Tehran

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    Full Text Available Substance use disorder is the second most common psychiatric disorders and is far more prevalent among young adults (ages;18-34y/0. Because of its importance and main effect in society, this study performed for evaluation of association fourteen childhood and adoleseence pathologic factors with substance use disorder among a group of abuser (20-30/0that referred to five addiction center in Tehran . The sample consist 100 patient: including 50 case and 50 control who were selected by DSM- IV based semi-structured diagnostic interviews for decrease memory biases in this retrospective cohart study. The patient’s parents also evaluated by DSM- IV based Semi-structured diagnostic interviews. The analysis showed significant relation between: parents control on the siblings, addiction in relatives of pt (except parents, addicted peers and friends, to be affected with the peers and friends and substance use disorder at the ages (20-30y/o. There wasn’t any association between: Disruptive childhood behaviors (under 11y/o, diagnosed medical illness (under 11y/o diagnosed Psychiatric illness (under 6 mo , family size, socio economic state and substance use disorder at the age(20-30y/0 . Finally some childhood and adolescence pathologic factors has association with Substance use disorder at the ages ( 20-30y/5 that these can be used for education all planning , prevention , design high risk group and remedical plans.

  5. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INFLATION AND UNEMPLOYMENT IN ROMANIA, AGE GROUP 20-24 YEARS

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    Ortansa T. FLOREA (MOISE

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    Full Text Available Romania, like many other states, is affected by two major imbalances: inflation and unemployment. The article proposes an analysis of the inflation – unemployment relationship over time and particularly the coverage of this relationship in Romania, considering the age group 20-24 years. In order to identify this relationship, it will be used data from the National Bank of Romania and National Institute of Statistics. Based on the data collected, we will try to trace the Phillips curve. Also, the curve obtained will be analyzed and will try to identify the stage / stages in which it falls, steps taken by the Phillips curve in the postwar period and described by Milton Friedman.

  6. Li(Ni0.4Co0.2Mn0.4)O2包覆Al2O3对隔膜形貌及结构的影响%Effect of Al2O3 coated Li(Ni0.4Co0.2Mn0.4)O2 on morphology and structure of separator

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    刘浩涵; 张建; 娄豫皖; 夏保佳

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    以Al2O3包覆前后的Li(Ni0.4Co0.2Mn0.4)O2为正极活性物质,中间相炭微球(MCMB)为负极活性物质,与聚丙烯(PP)-聚乙烯(PE)-PP三层隔膜组装成18650型锂离子电池,在循环不同次数后,用SEM观察隔膜形貌,XRD分析其精细结构.在电池的循环过程中,隔膜出现微孔闭合及微观结构改变;包覆抑制了隔膜中微孔的闭合,同时提高了结构稳定性.%18650 type Li-ion battery was assembled with PP-PE-PP three-layer separator using Li(Ni0.4Co0.2Mno0.4)O2 before and after AI2O3 coating as cathode active material, MCMB as anode active material. The morphology of the separator was observed by SEM and the fine structure was tested by XRD after different cycle number. The partial holes of separators were closed during cycle process and the fine structure was changed.The coating suppressed the closing of holes of separators,at the same time,improved the structure stability.

  7. The Fluvial Archives Group: 20 years of research connecting fluvial geomorphology and palaeoenvironments

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    Cordier, Stéphane; Briant, Becky; Bridgland, David; Herget, Jürgen; Maddy, Darrel; Mather, Anne; Vandenberghe, Jef

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    The Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG) was formed in 1996 under the auspices of the British Quaternary Research Association (QRA). The rationale for its creation was the desire to bring together those working across timescales encompassing the last few million years to the Holocene and even modern process studies. The principles of uniformitarianism are important in the validation of this grouping of interests, with the modern and recent providing analogues from which the older and longer-timescale sequences can be more readily interpreted. The creation of FLAG occurred in the context of improved understanding of terrestrially-based Quaternary sequences and at a time when knowledge of the environmental significance of river systems had also seen great advances, following several decades of engineering experience and research into the management of such systems. This field was subsequently transformed in the European Union by the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000), which promoted a strategy for the re-naturalization of rivers. Above all, the WFD implied the (re-)establishment of an initial, pre-anthropogenic, reference state, the recovery of which was a prime aim. This would be a demanding task, considering that rivers are characterized by constant change, even without anthropogenic intervention. The evidence for and understanding of such change, observable at various timescales, is very much the business of FLAG (see below, section 6).

  8. Neutron inelastic scattering measurements of the metallic glass Cu/sub 0. 6/Zr/sub 0. 4/

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    Holden, T.M.; Dugdale, J.S.; Hallam, G.C.; Pavuna, D.

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    Neutron inelastic scattering measurements have been made on the metallic glass Cu/sub 0.6/Zr/sub 0.4/ at 106 K by triple-axis crystal spectrometry. From the high wavevector constant-Q scans the weighted density of vibrational states has been derived. The constant-Q scan at the lowest wavevector studied (Q = 2A/sup -4/) show a definite inelastic neutron group. The results are compared in detail with a computer calculation for Cu/sub 0.57/Zr/sub 0.43/.

  9. A New Orthorhombic Phase of ZrW1.6Mo0.4O8 at Ambient Pressure

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    Nanocrystallite δ′-ZrW1.6Mo0.4O8 was prepared in the precursor route synthesis. The characterization by means of powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) showed it crystallized in a orthorhombic crystal system with a=0.896 9(7) nm, b=0.701 1(8) nm, c=0.596(1) nm. The possible space group is Pnnm (58) or Pnn2 (34). The compound crystallizes in a metastable phase during the synthesis process depending on temperature and crystallization time.

  10. Evolution of Mg-5Al-0.4Mn microstructure after rare earth elements addition

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    Full Text Available Mg-5Al-0.4Mn-xRE (x = 0, 1, 2, 3 wt.% magnesium alloys were prepared successfully by casting method. The microstructure wasinvestigated by light microscopy. The influence of rare earth (RE elements on the area fraction of eutectic was analysed. The obtainedresults revealed that the as-cast Mg-5Al-0.4Mn alloy consist of α - Mg matrix and eutectic α + γ (where γ is Mg17Al12. However, whilerare earth elements were added to the Mg-Al type alloy, Al11RE3 precipitates were formed. The amount of the Al11RE3 precipitatesincreased with increasing addition of RE, but the amount of γ - Mg17Al12 decreased.

  11. Update on transfusion solutions during surgery: review of hydroxyethyl starches 130/0.4

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    Full Text Available Ornella Piazza , Giuliana Scarpati , Rosalba TufanoAnaesthesia and Intensive Care, University of Naples Federico II, School of Medicine, Naples, Italy Objectives: Restoration of circulation is crucial in the surgical patient management. Colloids and crystalloids are widely used for blood volume therapy. We reviewed recent trials to evaluate efficacy and safety of hydroxyethyl starch (HES 130/0.4 during surgery.Material and methods: A subjective, not systematic, review of literature was performed. Papers were searched to answer questions about efficacy of HES, its impact on coagulation and inflammation and its effects on pulmonary mechanics and renal function.Conclusions: HES 130/0.4 is effective for volume therapy and is less expensive than human albumin. Its effects on coagulation and renal function are manageable; it may ameliorate pulmonary permeability and reduce inflammation.Keywords: HES, colloids, volume loading, coagulation, inflammation, surgery, renal function, pulmonary mechanics

  12. Update on transfusion solutions during surgery: review of hydroxyethyl starches 130/0.4

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    Piazza, Ornella; Scarpati, Giuliana; Tufano, Rosalba

    2010-01-01

    Objectives Restoration of circulation is crucial in the surgical patient management. Colloids and crystalloids are widely used for blood volume therapy. We reviewed recent trials to evaluate efficacy and safety of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) 130/0.4 during surgery. Material and methods A subjective, not systematic, review of literature was performed. Papers were searched to answer questions about efficacy of HES, its impact on coagulation and inflammation and its effects on pulmonary mechanics and renal function. Conclusions HES 130/0.4 is effective for volume therapy and is less expensive than human albumin. Its effects on coagulation and renal function are manageable; it may ameliorate pulmonary permeability and reduce inflammation. PMID:21042567

  13. Update on transfusion solutions during surgery: review of hydroxyethyl starches 130/0.4

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    Ornella Piazza; Giuliana Scarpati; Rosalba Tufano

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    Ornella Piazza , Giuliana Scarpati , Rosalba TufanoAnaesthesia and Intensive Care, University of Naples Federico II, School of Medicine, Naples, Italy Objectives: Restoration of circulation is crucial in the surgical patient management. Colloids and crystalloids are widely used for blood volume therapy. We reviewed recent trials to evaluate efficacy and safety of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) 130/0.4 during surgery.Material and methods: A subjective, not systematic, review of literature was perfo...

  14. Urinary incontinence during pregnancy and 1 year after delivery in primiparous women compared with a control group of nulliparous women

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    Hansen, Bent Brandt; Svare, Jens; Viktrup, Lars

    2012-01-01

    AIMS: To investigate the impact of the first pregnancy and delivery on the prevalence and types of urinary incontinence during pregnancy and 1 year after delivery. METHODS: The study was a prospective cohort study with a control group. Primiparous women, who delivered in our department from June......, the prevalence of any type of urinary incontinence in the primiparous group was 32.1%, compared to 13.8% in the control group. Adjusted OR¿=¿3.3 (95%CI¿=¿2.4-4.4). One year after delivery, the prevalence in the primiparous group was 29.3%, compared to 16.6% in the control group. Adjusted OR¿=¿2.5 (95%CI¿=¿1...... in the primiparous group. The symptoms and impact on quality of life seemed to be mild to moderate in both groups. Neurourol. Urodynam. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc....

  15. [Prophylaxis for hypotension during cesarean section under spinal anesthesia: a randomized trial comparing hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 to ephedrine].

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    Osseyran Samper, F; Errando, C L; Plaza Lloret, M; Díaz Cambronero, O; García Gregorio, N; de Andrés Ibáñez, J

    2011-01-01

    Spinal anesthesia is the technique of choice for scheduled or emergency cesarean section, but the prevalence of hypotension is high in this setting. Our aim was to compare the efficacy of a colloid (6% hydroxyethyl starch [HES] 130/0.4) to ephedrine for preventing hypotension. Patients undergoing elective or emergency cesarean section (in non-life-threatening situations) were enrolled. Patients were randomized to 3 groups for prophylaxis. The first ephedrine group received 5 mg of ephedrine intravenously (EPHE-5); the second ephedrine group received 10 mg of the drug intravenously (EPHE-10); and the HES group received 500 mL of HES 130/0.4 in rapid infusion n 15 minutes. We recorded systolic and diastolic blood pressures and heart rate after 10 minutes in the operating room and 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 minutes after injection of the anesthetic. We also assessed the sensory and motor blockades on both sides 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 minutes after injection. Neonatal status was assessed by Apgar score and umbilical cord blood gas analysis. Ninety-six patients, 33 in each ephedrine group and 30 in the HES group, were enrolled. Blood pressure decreased similarly in all 3 groups (36% EPHE-5 group, 36% EPHE-10 group and 40% HES group); no significant between-group differences were observed. Nor were there significant differences in the percentages of patients requiring bolus doses of ephedrine to treat hypotension (23% in the HES group vs 33% in the EPHE-5 group and 27% in the EPHE-10 group) or in the cumulative doses of ephedrine. Neonatal status was also similarly satisfactory in all 3 groups. HES 130/0.4 is as useful for hypotension prophylaxis as 5-mg or 10-mg intravenous doses of ephedrine. HES 130/0.4 might be a substitute for sympathomimetic agents if adverse effects are predicted or contraindications to the use of such drugs are present.

  16. Optical spectroscopy and initial mass function of z = 0.4 red galaxies

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    Tang, Baitian; Worthey, Guy

    2017-05-01

    Spectral absorption features can be used to constrain the stellar initial mass function (IMF) in the integrated light of galaxies. Spectral indices used at low redshift are in the far red, and therefore increasingly hard to detect at higher and higher redshifts as they pass out of atmospheric transmission and CCD detector wavelength windows. We employ IMF-sensitive indices at bluer wavelengths. We stack spectra of red, quiescent galaxies around z = 0.4 from the DEEP2 Galaxy Redshift Survey. The z = 0.4 red galaxies have 2 Gyr average ages so that they cannot be passively evolving precursors of nearby galaxies. They are slightly enhanced in C and Na, and slightly depressed in Ti. Split by luminosity, the fainter half appears to be older, a result that should be checked with larger samples in the future. We uncover no evidence for IMF evolution between z = 0.4 and now, but we highlight the importance of sample selection, finding that an SDSS sample culled to select archetypal elliptical galaxies at z ˜ 0 is offset towards a more bottom-heavy IMF. Other samples, including our DEEP2 sample, show an offset towards a more spiral galaxy-like IMF. All samples confirm that the reddest galaxies look bottom-heavy compared with bluer ones. Sample selection also influences age-colour trends: red, luminous galaxies always look old and metal rich, but the bluer ones can be more metal poor, the same abundance or more metal rich, depending on how they are selected.

  17. Optical spectroscopy and initial mass function of z = 0.4 red galaxies

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    Tang, Baitian; Worthey, Guy

    2017-01-01

    Spectral absorption features can be used to constrain the stellar initial mass function (IMF) in the integrated light of galaxies. Spectral indices used at low redshift are in the far red, and therefore increasingly hard to detect at higher and higher redshifts as they pass out of atmospheric transmission and CCD detector wavelength windows. We employ IMF-sensitive indices at bluer wavelengths. We stack spectra of red, quiescent galaxies around z = 0.4, from the DEEP2 Galaxy Redshift Survey. The z = 0.4 red galaxies have 2 Gyr average ages so that they cannot be passively evolving precursors of nearby galaxies. They are slightly enhanced in C and Na, and slightly depressed in Ti. Split by luminosity, the fainter half appears to be older, a result that should be checked with larger samples in the future. We uncover no evidence for IMF evolution between z = 0.4 and now, but we highlight the importance of sample selection, finding that an SDSS sample culled to select archetypal elliptical galaxies at z˜0 is offset toward a more bottom heavy IMF. Other samples, including our DEEP2 sample, show an offset toward a more spiral galaxy-like IMF. All samples confirm that the reddest galaxies look bottom heavy compared with bluer ones. Sample selection also influences age-color trends: red, luminous galaxies always look old and metal-rich, but the bluer ones can be more metal-poor, the same abundance, or more metal-rich, depending on how they are selected.

  18. M-theory Geometries Dual to N=(0,4) CFTs

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    Kelekci, Ozgur; Montero, Jesus; Colgain, Eoin O; Park, Miok

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    We present a classification of all solutions to 11D supergravity with $SO(2,2) \\times SO(3)$ isometry, where the internal space is an $SU(2)$-structure manifold. These geometries are expected to be dual to 2D $\\mathcal{N} = (0,4)$ CFTs. We recover known classes with small superconformal symmetry and identify a family of $AdS_3 \\times S^2 \\times S^2 \\times CY_2$ solutions with large superconformal symmetry. This exhausts all known compact geometries with $SO(2,2)\\times SO(3)$ isometry.

  19. Large Scale Structure in Absorption up to z~0.4

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    Tejos, Nicolas

    2012-10-01

    We propose to observe and characterize IGM absorption systems associated with Large Scale Structure {LSS} in a statistical manner up to redshift 0.4. For this purpose, we have used a recently published cluster catalog {GMBCG; Hao et al., 2010} to identify massive nodes in the 'cosmic web'. Then, we used cluster pairs with small separations {Prochaska et al., 2011; Tumlinson et al., 2011}. Our findings will test our understanding of galaxy formation and the importance of AGN/supernova feedbacks by comparing them with state-of-the-art hydrodynamical simulations.

  20. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Co$_2$Fe$_{0.4}$Mn$_{0.6}$Si

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    Ludbrook, Bartholomew M.; Ruck, Ben J.; Granville, Simon

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    We report perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in the half-metallic ferromagnetic Heusler alloy Co$_2$Fe$_{0.4}$Mn$_{0.6}$Si (CFMS) in a MgO/CFMS/Pd trilayer stack. PMA is found for CFMS thicknesses between 1 and 2 nm, with a magnetic anisotropy energy density of $K_U = 1.5\\times 10^6$ erg/cm$^3$ for t$_{\\tiny \\textrm{CFMS}} = 1.5$ nm. Both the MgO and Pd layer are necessary to induce the PMA. We measure a tunable anomalous Hall effect, where its sign and magnitude vary with both the CFMS ...

  1. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Co2Fe0.4Mn0.6Si

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    Ludbrook, B. M.; Ruck, B. J.; Granville, S.

    2016-07-01

    We report perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in the half-metallic ferromagnetic Heusler alloy Co2Fe0.4Mn0.6Si (CFMS) in a MgO/CFMS/Pd trilayer stack. PMA is found for CFMS thicknesses between 1 and 2 nm, with a magnetic anisotropy energy density of KU=1.5 ×106 erg/cm3 for tCFMS=1.5 nm. Both the MgO and Pd layer are necessary to induce the PMA. We measure a tunable anomalous Hall effect, where its sign and magnitude vary with both the CFMS and Pd thickness.

  2. Calabi-Yau Black Holes and (0,4) Sigma Models

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    Minasian, Ruben; Moore, Gregory; Tsimpis, Dimitrios

    When an M-theory fivebrane wraps a holomorphic surface ? in a Calabi-Yau 3-fold X the low energy dynamics is that of a black string in 5 dimensional ? =1 supergravity. The infrared dynamics on the string worldsheet is an ? = (0,4) 2D conformal field theory. Assuming the 2D CFT can be described as a nonlinear sigma model, we describe the target space geometry of this model in terms of the data of X and ?. Variations of weight two Hodge structures enter the construction of the model in an interesting way.

  3. First year nursing students’ experiences of social media during the transition to university: a focus group study

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    Moorley, CR

    2016-01-01

    Background: Social media platforms are useful for creating communities, which can then be utilised as a mean for supportive, professional and social learning. Objective: To explore first year nursing student experiences with social media in supporting student transition and engagement into higher education. Design: Qualitative focus groups. Methods: Ten 1st yearBachelor of Nursing students were included in three face-to-face focus groups. Data were analysed using qualitative thematic content ...

  4. The Dependence of galaxy colors on luminosity and environment at z~0.4

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    Yee, H.K.C.; /Toronto U., Astron. Dept.; Hsieh, B.C.; /Taiwan, Natl. Central U. /Taipei, Inst. Astron. Astrophys.; Lin, Huan; /Fermilab; Gladders, M.D.; /Carnegie Inst.

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    The authors analyze the B-R{sub c} colors of galaxies as functions of luminosity and local galaxy density using a large photometric redshift catalog based on the Red-Sequence Cluster Survey. They select two samples of galaxies with a magnitude limit of M{sub R{sub e}} < -18.5 and redshift ranges of 0.2 {le} z < 0.4 and 0.4 {le} x < 0.6 containing 10{sup 5} galaxies each. they model the color distributions of subsamples of galaxies and derive the red galaxy fraction and peak colors of red and blue galaxies as functions of galaxy luminosity and environment. The evolution of these relationships over the redshift range of x {approx} 0.5 to z {approx} 0.05 is analyzed in combination with published results from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. They find that there is a strong evolution in the restframe peak color of bright blue galaxies in that they become redder with decreasing redshift, while the colors of faint blue galaxies remain approximately constant. This effect supports the ''downsizing'' scenario of star formation in galaxies. While the general dependence of the galaxy color distributions on the environment is small, they find that the change of red galaxy fraction with epoch is a function of the local galaxy density, suggesting that the downsizing effect may operate with different timescales in regions of different galaxy densities.

  5. Intracluster light in clusters of galaxies at redshifts 0.4

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    Guennou, L; DaRocha, C; Durret, F; Ulmer, M P; Allam, S; Basa, S; Benoist, C; Biviano, A; Clowe, D; Gavazzi, R; Halliday, C; Ilbert, O; Johnston, D; Just, D; Kron, R; Kubo, J M; LeBrun, V; Marshall, P; Mazure, A; Murphy, K J; Pereira, D N E; Rabaca, C R; Rostagni, F; Rudnick, G; Russeil, D; Schrabback, T; Slezak, E; Tucker, D; Zaritsky, D

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    The study of intracluster light can help us to understand the mechanisms taking place in galaxy clusters, and to place constraints on the cluster formation history and physical properties. However, owing to the intrinsic faintness of ICL emission, most searches and detailed studies of ICL have been limited to redshifts z<0.4.We search for ICL in a subsample of ten clusters detected by the ESO Distant Cluster Survey (EDisCS), at redshifts 0.4

  6. The Influence of Group Training in the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Program on Preschool Teachers' Classroom Management Strategies

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    Carlson, John S.; Tiret, Holly B.; Bender, Stacy L.; Benson, Laurie

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    This study examined changes in preschool teachers' perceptions of classroom management strategies following group training in the recently revised Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Program (C. Webster-Stratton, 2006). The authors used a pre/post follow-up design across 2 groups that each met for 8 sessions over an 8-10-week period for…

  7. The Influence of Group Training in the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Program on Preschool Teachers' Classroom Management Strategies

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    Carlson, John S.; Tiret, Holly B.; Bender, Stacy L.; Benson, Laurie

    2011-01-01

    This study examined changes in preschool teachers' perceptions of classroom management strategies following group training in the recently revised Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Program (C. Webster-Stratton, 2006). The authors used a pre/post follow-up design across 2 groups that each met for 8 sessions over an 8-10-week period for…

  8. Improving Pupil Group Work Interaction and Dialogue in Primary Classrooms: Results from a Year-Long Intervention Study

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    Baines, Ed; Rubie-Davies, Christine; Blatchford, Peter

    2009-01-01

    Findings are reported from a year-long evaluation of the effectiveness of the SPRinG programme relative to a control group. SPRinG aimed to address the wide gap between the potential of group interaction to promote learning and its limited use in schools. The project involved working with teachers to develop strategies for enhancing pupil group…

  9. Group Assessment at First Year and Final Degree Level: A Comparative Evaluation

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    Plastow, N.; Spiliotopoulou, G.; Prior, S.

    2010-01-01

    Group projects are an established but debated pedagogical technique in higher education. The purpose of this study was to assess the appropriateness of combining individual and group marks in assessment. A mixed method design involving correlational and comparative elements was used. The sample included one cohort of students who completed a group…

  10. A Psychodynamic Approach on Group Career Counseling: A Brazilian Experience of 40 Years

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    Lehman, Yvette Piha; Ribeiro, Marcelo Afonso; da Conceição Coropos Uvaldo, Maria; da Silva, Fabiano Fonseca

    2015-01-01

    Career guidance and career counselling have traditionally been conducted in an individualized fashion focusing on the counsellor-client relationship. Specialized literature, however, points to the potential use of group strategies. This article seeks to contribute to the advancement of studies in group career counselling practices, by introducing…

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  15. Using Student Learning and Development Outcomes to Evaluate a First-Year Undergraduate Group Video Project

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    Jensen, Murray; Mattheis, Allison; Johnson, Brady

    2012-01-01

    Students in an interdisciplinary undergraduate introductory course were required to complete a group video project focused on nutrition and healthy eating. A mixed-methods approach to data collection involved observing and rating video footage of group work sessions and individual and focus group interviews. These data were analyzed and used to evaluate the effectiveness of the assignment in light of two student learning outcomes and two student development outcomes at the University of Minnesota. Positive results support the continued inclusion of the project within the course, and recommend the assignment to other programs as a viable means of promoting both content learning and affective behavioral objectives. PMID:22383619

  16. Influence of outpatient treatment and 12-step group involvement on one-year substance abuse treatment outcomes.

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    Ouimette, P C; Moos, R H; Finney, J W

    1998-09-01

    This study examined whether substance abuse patients self-selecting into one of three aftercare groups (outpatient treatment only, 12-step groups only, and outpatient treatment and 12-step groups) and patients who did not participate in aftercare differed on 1-year substance use and psychosocial outcomes. A total of 3,018 male patients filled out a questionnaire at intake and 1 year following discharge from treatment. Patients were classified into aftercare groups at follow-up using information from VA databases and self-reports. Patients who participated in both outpatient treatment and 12-step groups fared the best on 1-year outcomes. Patients who did not obtain aftercare had the poorest outcomes. In terms of the amount of intervention received, patients who had more outpatient mental health treatment, who more frequently attended 12-step groups or were more involved in 12-step activities had better 1-year outcomes. In addition, patients who kept regular outpatient appointments over a longer time period fared better than those who did not. Encouraging substance abuse patients to regularly attend both outpatient aftercare and self-help groups may improve long-term outcomes.

  17. Velocity segregation effects in galaxy clusters at 0.4<~z<~1.5

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    Barsanti, S; Biviano, A; Borgani, S; Annunziatella, M; Nonino, M

    2016-01-01

    Our study is meant to extend our knowledge of the galaxy color and luminosity segregation in velocity space (VCS and VLS, resp.), to clusters at intermediate and high redshift. Our sample is a collection of 41 clusters in the 0.4=0.8. For the first time, we detect VLS in non-local clusters and confirm that VLS only affects the very luminous galaxies, with brighter galaxies having lower velocities. The threshold magnitude of VLS is ~m3+0.5, where m3 is the magnitude of the third brightest cluster galaxy, and current data suggest that the threshold value moves to fainter magnitudes at higher redshift. We also detect (marginal) evidence of VLS for blue galaxies. We conclude that the segregation effects, when their study is extended to distant clusters, can be important tracers of the galaxy evolution and cluster assembly and discuss the poor/no evidence of VCS at high redshift.

  18. On the radial width of CMEs between 0.1 and 0.4 AU

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    Savani, N. P.; Forsyth, R. J.; Rouillard, A. P.; Owens, M. J.; Davies, J. A.

    2009-04-01

    The launch of the two STEREO spacecraft in 2006 has heralded a new era of opportunities to make remote observations of interplanetary coronal mass ejections (ICMEs). An example CME on the 16th February 2008 with an approximately circular cross section was tracked through successive images obtained by the Heliospheric Imager (HI) instrument onboard the STEREO-A spacecraft. The cylindrical nature of force-free constant alpha flux ropes is used to determine the radial size of the CME. The radial velocity and longitude of propagation are determined. With these parameters known, the radial size is calculated from the images taking projection effects into account. A power law is obtained for the resulting radial width behaviour with heliocentric distance as the CME travels between 0.1 and 0.4 AU. We compare our results to those obtained in published studies based on in-situ spacecraft observations of ICMEs between 0.3 and 1.0 AU.

  19. Infrared photometry and spectrophotometry of G75.84+0.4

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    Pipher, J. L.; Soifer, B. T.; Krassner, J.

    1979-01-01

    Photometric mapping of G75.84+0.4 at 12.6 microns is compared with previously published radio maps of the region to deduce the relative dust/gas mass ratio for the dust responsible for the 12.6-micron emission. Spectrophotometry from 2-4 microns and 8-13 microns of the highest-emission-measure region reveals the presence of the fine structure lines of forbidden Ar III at 8.99 microns, forbidden Ne II at 12.78 microns, and forbidden S IV at 10.53 microns. Estimates of the abundance of these ions are made, and the nature of the exciting source is discussed.

  20. Competitive accretion in the protocluster G10.6-0.4?

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    Liu, Tie; Wu, Jingwen; Qin, Sheng-Li; Zhang, Huawei

    2012-01-01

    We present the results of high spatial resolution observations at 1.1 mm waveband, with the Submillimeter Array (SMA), towards the protocluster G10.6-0.4. The 1.1 mm continuum emission reveals seven dense cores, in which infall motions are all detected with the red-shifted absorption dips in HCN (3--2) line. This is the first time that infall is seen towards multiple sources in a protocluster. The dense core located in the center has the largest mass and mass infall rate and dominates the gas accretion of the protocluster, while the off-center cores have much smaller masses and mass infall rates, which favors the "competitive accretion" model. We also identified four infrared point sources in this region, which are most likely Class 0/I protostars. Two jet-like structures are also identified from Spitzer/IRAC image.

  1. The Structure of the Solid Electrolyte Li1.6Ag0.4So4 at 565 degree C

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    Nilsson, L.; Andersen, N. H.; Kjems, Jørgen

    1982-01-01

    The structure of the high-temperature solid solution Li1.6Ag0.4SO4 has been determined from neutron and X-ray powder diffraction data. The sulphate groups form a fcc lattice where the lithium ions are found to occupy the ±(1/4, 1/4, 1/4) tetrahedral sites. The silver ions partly occupy the same...... sites and partly the larger (½, ½, ½) octahedral site. The results strongly support earlier conclusions for the fcc phase of Li2SO4. Exceptionally high temperature factors are found. The consistency of the structural model with other characteristic properties of the high-temperature fcc phase is briefly...

  2. Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance--Veterans' Group Life Insurance regulation update--ABO, VGLI application, SGLI 2-year disability extension. Final rule.

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    2014-07-31

    This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) insurance regulations concerning Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) to reflect the statutory provisions of the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010, which became law on October 13, 2010, and resulted in the need for amendments to change the SGLI Disability Extension period from 1 year to 2 years in duration; provide SGLI Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) retroactive coverage effective from October 7, 2001, for all qualifying injuries regardless of the geographic location and military operation in which the injuries were incurred; and remove the SGLI and Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) Accelerated Benefits Option (ABO) discount rate. This rule also clarifies that ``initial premium'' refers to ``initial Veterans' Group Life Insurance premium,'' updates the current address of the Office of Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (OSGLI), managed by Prudential Insurance Company of America, to reflect where the ABO application is mailed for processing, and corrects the OSGLI phone number. Finally, this rule removes the ABO application form from the regulation, and it corrects and clarifies language concerning the VGLI application period that was inadvertently incorrectly modified in a prior amendment of the regulations.

  3. 26 CFR 1.1502-76 - Taxable year of members of group.

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    ... returns. (c) Merger into nonmember. Assume instead that T merges into a wholly owned subsidiary of X in a... of the same plan or arrangement, cease to be members of that group and remain affiliated as members... property and are allocated over the period that the property is owned. This paragraph (b)(2)(iv)...

  4. Sal Adelante Mujer!: Support Group for Latina First-Year College Students

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    Segura-Malady, Evelyn E.

    2014-01-01

    Latinas are at a disadvantage when it comes to earning a college degree, as is evidenced by the fact that they take longer to complete their degrees than Black, Asian, and white college students and have the lowest graduation rates in comparison to these respective groups (Fry, 2004; Fry, 2012; Rodriguez, Guido-Brito, Torres, & Talbot, 2000).…

  5. Spirometry in an unselected group of 6-year-old children

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    Kjaer, Henrik Fomsgaard; Eller, Esben; Bindslev-Jensen, Carsten;

    2008-01-01

    This study presents reference equations for spirometric parameters in 6-year-old children and evaluates the ability of spirometry to discriminate healthy children from children with asthma. Baseline spirometry and respiratory symptoms were assessed in 404 children participating in a longitudinal...... in Delta FEV1(mean) between healthy children and children with asthma (3.1% vs. 6.1%, P Spirometry including bronchodilator measurements was demonstrated...... to be feasible in 6-year-old children and reference values were determined. Spirometry aids the diagnosis of asthma in young children, but knowledge on sensitivity and specificity of these measurements is a prerequisite....

  6. Gap Year Students in Lithuania: The Value Orientations of Children from Wealthy Social Groups

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    Leonavicius, Vylius; Ozolinciute, Egle

    2015-01-01

    The paper seeks to understand the trajectories of students who defer entry to university. The study was conducted in Lithuania, a former Soviet Union republic. The phenomenon of a "gap year" is usually associated with young people, who decide not to enter higher education schools immediately after receiving secondary education, instead…

  7. Gap Year Students in Lithuania: The Value Orientations of Children from Wealthy Social Groups

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    Leonavicius, Vylius; Ozolinciute, Egle

    2015-01-01

    The paper seeks to understand the trajectories of students who defer entry to university. The study was conducted in Lithuania, a former Soviet Union republic. The phenomenon of a "gap year" is usually associated with young people, who decide not to enter higher education schools immediately after receiving secondary education, instead…

  8. Frontal Lobe Morphometry with MRI in a Normal Age Group of 6-17 Year-Olds

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    Background Morphometric data of the frontal lobe are important for surgical planning of lesions in the frontal lobe and its surroundings. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques provide suitable data for this purpose. Objectives In our study, the morphometric data of mid-sagittal MRI of the frontal lobe in certain age and gender groups of children have been presented. Patients and Methods In a normal age group of 6-17-year-old participants, the length of the line passing through predeterm...

  9. On the GBM event seen 0.4 sec after GW 150914

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    Greiner, J; Savchenko, V; Yu, H -F

    2016-01-01

    In view of the recent report by Connaughton [arXiv:1602.03920.v3] we analyse continuous TTE data of Fermi-GBM around the time of the gravitational wave event GW 150914. We find that after proper accounting for low count statistics, the GBM transient event at 0.4 s after GW 150914 is likely not due to an astrophysical source, but consistent with a background fluctuation, removing the tension between the INTEGRAL/ACS non-detection and GBM. Additionally, reanalysis of other short GRBs shows that without proper statistical modeling the fluence of faint events is over-predicted, as verified for some joint GBM-ACS detections of short GRBs. We detail the statistical procedure to correct these biases. As a result, faint short GRBs, verified by ACS detections, with significances in the broad-band light curve even smaller than that of the GBM-GW150914 event are recovered as proper non-zero source, while the GBM-GW150914 event is consistent with zero fluence.

  10. SunPy - Python for Solar Physics, Version 0.4

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    Christe, Steven; Mumford, Stuart; Perez-Suarez, David; Ireland, Jack; Shih, Albert Y.; Inglis, Andrew; Liedtke, Simon; Hewett, Russel

    2014-06-01

    We presents version 0.4 of SunPy, a community-developed Python package for solar physics. Python, a free, cross-platform, general-purpose, high-level programming language, has seen widespread adoption among the scientific community, resulting in the availability of a large number of software packages, from numerical computation NumPy, SciPy and machine learning (scikit-learn) to visualisation and plotting (matplotlib).SunPy is a data-analysis environment specialising in providing the software necessary to analyse solar and heliospheric datasets in Python. SunPy is open-source software (BSD licence) and has an open and transparent development workflow that anyone can contribute to. SunPy provides access to solar data through integration with the Virtual Solar Observatory (VSO), the Heliophysics Event Knowledgebase (HEK), and the HELiophysics Integrated Observatory (HELIO) webservices. It currently supports image data from major solar missions (e.g., SDO, SOHO, STEREO, and IRIS), time-series data from missions such as GOES, SDO/EVE, and PROBA2/LYRA, and radio spectra from e-Callisto and STEREO/SWAVES. We describe SunPy's functionality, provide examples of solar data analysis in SunPy, and show how Python-based solar data-analysis can leverage the many existing tools already available in Python. We discuss the future goals of the project and encourage interested users to become involved in the planning and development of SunPy.

  11. Sn-0.4BPO 4 composite as a promising negative electrode for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Aboulaich, Abdelmaula; Womes, Manfred; Olivier-Fourcade, Josette; Willmann, Patrick; Jumas, Jean-Claude

    2010-01-01

    The structural and textural properties of a Sn-0.4BPO 4 composite material synthesized by ex situ dispersion of β-Sn in a BPO 4 matrix were investigated by using several complementary techniques to study the global order (XRD, TGA-DSC, SEM-XEDS) and the local order (FT-IR, 119Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy). The results reveal that the composite material consists of three main components: an electrochemically active species "Sn", an inactive matrix "BPO 4", and an amorphous Sn(II) borophosphate which acts as a link between the two former and which improves the cohesion of the composite. The electrochemical performances of the composite material were tested in Swagelok-type cells with metallic Li as counter-electrode. It shows a high reversible capacity of about 500 mAh g -1 at a C/20 rate, and a very good stability under cycling even at very fast rates of C or C/1.3.

  12. On the Fermi-GBM Event 0.4 s after GW150914

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    Greiner, J.; Burgess, J. M.; Savchenko, V.; Yu, H.-F.

    2016-08-01

    In view of the recent report by Connaughton et al., we analyze continuous time-tagged event (TTE) data of Fermi-gamma-ray burst monitor (GBM) around the time of the gravitational-wave event GW 150914. We find that after proper accounting for low-count statistics, the GBM transient event at 0.4 s after GW 150914 is likely not due to an astrophysical source, but consistent with a background fluctuation, removing the tension between the INTEGRAL/ACS non-detection and GBM. Additionally, reanalysis of other short GRBs shows that without proper statistical modeling the fluence of faint events is over-predicted, as verified for some joint GBM-ACS detections of short GRBs. We detail the statistical procedure to correct these biases. As a result, faint short GRBs, verified by ACS detections, with significances in the broadband light curve even smaller than that of the GBM-GW150914 event are recovered as proper non-zero source, while the GBM-GW150914 event is consistent with zero fluence.

  13. KTa0.4Nb0.6O3 nanoparticles synthesized through solvothermal method

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    ZHENG Ke-yu; WEI Nian; YANG Feng-xia; QI Ya-jun; ZHANG Duan-ming

    2007-01-01

    Potassium tantalate niobate (Kta0.4Nb0.6O3, KTN) nanoparticles of perovskite structure were success-sfully synthesized by a solvothermal method. The KTN nanoparticles synthesized at 250 ℃ for 8 h with 1 to 4 M KOH concentration using isopropyl alcohol [(CH3)2 CHOH] as the solvent was composed of a single phase of cubic perovskite structure. Futhermore, the KTN powers synthe-sized at the same conditions besides of using (CH3)2CHOH/ H2O as a solvent compose of a single phase of tetragonal perovskite structure. The nanoparticles exhibit a mixture of cubic and prism-like shapes with lengths of 100 nm to 500 nm and average cross sections of 200×200 nm2. The solvent dependence of the powder formation is discussed. X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction results show that the powders have the needed tetragonal perovskite structure. The band gap of KTN nanoparticles is determined to be 3,26 eV from the optical absorption spectra.

  14. Ultralow-Power SOTB CMOS Technology Operating Down to 0.4 V

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    Nobuyuki Sugii

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Ultralow-voltage (ULV CMOS will be a core building block of highly energy efficient electronics. Although the operation at the minimum energy point (MEP is effective for ULP CMOS circuits, its slow operation speed often means that it is not used in many applications. The silicon-on-thin-buried-oxide (SOTB CMOS is a strong candidate for the ultralow-power (ULP electronics because of its small variability and back-bias control. Proper power and performance optimization with adaptive Vth control taking advantage of SOTB’s features can achieve the ULP operation with acceptably high speed and low leakage. This paper describes our results on the ULV operation of logic circuits (CPU, SRAM, ring oscillator and other logic circuits and shows that the operation speed is now sufficiently high for many ULP applications. The “Perpetuum-Mobile” micro-controllers operating down to 0.4 V or lower are expected to be implemented in a huge number of electronic devices in the internet-of-things (IoT era.

  15. El medio interestelar alrededor del remanente de supernova G318.9+0.4

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    Traverso, P. H.; Reynoso, E. M.; Dubner, G.

    Observations in the J:1-0 transition of 12CO and 13CO towards the supernova remnant (SNR) G318.9+0.4 are presented. These data were obtained with the 4 m NANTEN radiotelescope (Las Campanas, Chile), with an angular resolution of 2.7' and a velocity resolution of 0.125 km s-1. Images show that the gas distribution depicts a chain of clouds with a morphology coincident with the SNR in radio continuum, and extends from ~-28 km s-1 to ~-44 km s-1. The closest correlation is found near ~-42 km s-1. Adopting the latter as the SNR systemic velocity, galactic rotation models determine two possible distances: 3 and 10 kpc. Physical parameters are estimated for both cases. Based on CO structures possibly related to the SNR, we find that the molecular gas has been accelerated up to 17 km s-1. No broadenings in the profiles have been detected, which would have confirmed the presence of shocked gas. Also, no infrared sources indicative of shock-heated dust were found. However, based on morphological evidences, we can suggest that the interstellar medium strongly determines the very complex appearence of this SNR. We performed a search for SN induced star formation evidences, through compact infrared sources with peculiar spectra, H2O masers and ultracompact HII regions. No positive results were obtained.

  16. Application for certification 1993 model year light-duty vehicles - Rover Group

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    Every year, each manufacturer of passenger cars, light-duty trucks, motorcycles, or heavy-duty engines submits to EPA an application for certification. In the application, the manufacturer gives a detailed technical description of the vehicles or engines he intends to market during the upcoming model year. These engineering data include explanations and/or drawings which describe engine/vehicle parameters such as basic engine design, fuel systems, ignition systems and exhaust and evaporative emission control systems. It also provides information on emission test procedures, service accumulation procedures, fuels to be used, and proposed maintenance requirements to be followed during testing. Section 16 of the application contains the results of emission testing, a statement of compliance to the regulations, production engine parameters, and a Summary Sheet Input Form on which issuance of a Certificate of Conformity is based.

  17. Efficacy of ferterra 0.4% GR (chlorantraniliprole) against stem borers and leaffolder insect-pests of basmati rice.

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    Sarao, P S; Kaur, H

    2014-09-01

    Field experiments were conducted during three kharif seasons from 2009 to 2011 at Sudhar village, Ludhiana and Rice Research Area of Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Four doses of Ferterra 0.4% GR (chlorantraniliprole) a new chemistry @ 20, 30, 40 and 50 g a.i. ha(-1) and standard check Cartap hydrochloride 4 G @ 1000 g a.i. ha(-1) was tested against stem borers and leaffolder infesting basmati rice. Over the years, dead heart in all the Ferterra doses and standard check (1.01-1.80%) were at par70 DAT, whereas, at 80 DAT doses @ 40, 50 and standard check were at par (1.04-1.13%) but significantly better than lower doses and untreated control. Similarly, over the years, Ferterra doses @ 40 and 50 g a.i. ha(-1) was significantly better than control in reducing white ear incidence, whereas, at 30 g a.i. ha(-1) and standard check intermediately reduced the white ears incidence. Leaffolder infestation at all the Ferterra doses were at par with standard check 70 DAT (2.69-3.87%), whereas, 80 DAT, Ferterra doses @ 30, 40, 50 and standard check were at par (2.95-3.49%) but significantly better than lower dose and untreated control. Over the years the cost : benefit ratio was maximum (1 : 23.67) in the Ferterra @40 g a.i. ha(-1) dose followed by 50 g a.i. ha(-1) dose.

  18. Velocity segregation effects in galaxy clusters at 0.4 ≲ z ≲ 1.5

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    Barsanti, S.; Girardi, M.; Biviano, A.; Borgani, S.; Annunziatella, M.; Nonino, M.

    2016-11-01

    Aims: Our study is meant to extend our knowledge of the galaxy color and luminosity segregation in velocity space (VCS and VLS, respectively), to clusters at intermediate and high redshift. Methods: Our sample is a collection of 41 clusters in the 0.4 ≲ z ≲ 1.5 redshift range for a total of 4172 galaxies, 1674 of which are member galaxies of the clusters within 2R200 with photometric or spectroscopic information, as taken from the literature. We perform homogeneous procedures to select cluster members, compute global cluster properties, in particular the line-of-sight (LOS) velocity dispersion σV, and separate blue from red galaxies. Results: We find evidence of VCS in clusters out to z ≃ 0.8 (at the 97-99.99% confidence level, depending on the test), in the sense that the blue galaxy population has a 10-20% larger σV than the red galaxy population. Poor or no VCS is found in the high-z sample at z ≥ 0.8. For the first time, we detect VLS in non-local clusters and confirm that VLS only affects the very luminous galaxies; brighter galaxies have lower velocities. The threshold magnitude of VLS is m3 + 0.5, where m3 is the magnitude of the third brightest cluster galaxy. Current data suggest that the threshold value moves to fainter magnitudes at higher redshift. We also detect (marginal) evidence of VLS for blue galaxies. Conclusions: We conclude that segregation effects can be important tracers of the galaxy evolution and cluster assembly when they are studied up to distant clusters. We also discuss the evidence of VCS at high redshift, which is poor or absent.

  19. Social Recovery Model: An 8-Year Investigation of Adolescent 12-step Group Involvement following Inpatient Treatment

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    Kelly, John F.; Brown, Sandra A.; Abrantes, Ana; Kahler, Christopher; Myers, Mark

    2013-01-01

    Background Despite widespread use of 12-step treatment approaches and referrals to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) by youth providers, little is known about the significance of these organizations in youth addiction recovery. Furthermore, existing evidence is based mostly on short-term follow-up and is limited methodologically. Methods Adolescent inpatients (N = 160; M age = 16, 40% female) were followed at 6-months, and at 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 years post-treatment. Time-lagged, generalized estimating equations (GEE) modeled treatment outcome in relation to AA/NA attendance controlling for static and time-varying covariates. Robust regression (LOWESS) explored dose-response thresholds of AA/NA attendance on outcome. Results AA/NA attendance was common and intensive early post-treatment, but declined sharply and steadily over the 8-year period. Patients with greater addiction severity and those who believed they could not use substances in moderation were more likely to attend. Despite declining attendance, the effects related to AA/NA remained significant and consistent. Greater early participation was associated with better long-term outcomes. Conclusions Even though many youth discontinue AA/NA over time, attendees appear to benefit, and more severely substance-involved youth attend most. Successful early post-treatment engagement of youth in abstinence-supportive social contexts, such as AA/NA, may have long-term implications for alcohol and drug involvement into young adulthood. PMID:18557829

  20. A study of pattern and profile of non infectious dermatoses in paediatric age group <12 years.

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    Dr. Jeta Buch

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study is to assess the incidence of non infectious dermatoses in children under 12 years of age; the incidence and prevalence of various physiological, genetic, papulosquamous, nutritional, autoimmune and drug induced disorders; the systemic association in various dermatoses and early identification of genetic disorder which will help in estimating the genetic risk and planning of future pregnancies. Present clinical study comprises of 1000 children less than 12 years of age in the department of Dermatology, V.S General Hospital, Ahmedabad. The study was conducted from Oct 2012 to Oct 2014. The time of occurrence, extent of involvement and the anatomical location was recorded. Relevant obstetrical history, history of any illness during pregnancy, history of drug ingestion, sibling history and parental consanguinity was noted and various skin lesions recorded. Observations were tabulated and statistically analysed. Follow up was done every 15 days. The dermatoses were classified as papulosquamous (61.0%, nevi (4.8%, genetic (4.2%, hair (9.6%, autoimmune (5.8%, drug reactions (3.1%, nutritional (2.8%, physiological (11.4%, and others (2.5%.The commonest skin manifestations observed were papulosquamous, genetic and autoimmune disorders. Better parent awareness, proper hygiene, adequate nutrition and early identification of the condition help in preventing many of these disorders.

  1. Maxillofacial injuries in a group of Brazilian subjects under 18 years of age

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    Rafaela Scariot

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to perform a clinical retrospective analysis of the etiology, incidence and treatment of selected oral and maxillofacial injuries in Brazilian children and adolescents. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study was conducted during a 14-year period between 1986 and 2000. All patients were admitted to Hospital XV in the city of Curitiba, State of Paraná. Age, gender, monthly distribution, etiology, soft injuries, associated injuries, site of fractures and methods of treatment were reviewed. RESULTS: Of the total of 350 patients of all ages treated for facial injuries, 29.42% were within the age range of the study (0 to 18 years. Mean age was 10.61. Of the patients, 63.1% were male. The most common cause of injury was accidental falls (37.87%, followed by bicycle and motorcycle accidents (21.36%. Of the 103 patients, 88.34% had single injuries. Mandibular fractures were the most common and the condylar region was particularly affected. CONCLUSIONS: Facial trauma is a relatively common occurrence in children. The study indicates that fractures in children and adolescents differ quite considerably from an adult population.

  2. What Do 1st Year Japanese EFL Students Learn by Preparing and Presenting a Group Work Oriented Oral Presentation?

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    Leichsenring, Andrew

    2010-01-01

    This small-scale qualitative study aimed at identifying factors and the extent of their influence upon the learning experiences of first year Japanese undergraduate students in a group work oriented oral presentation using English as their second language (ESL). Research findings were obtained from students through their participation in written…

  3. Proficiency Assessment of Male Volleyball Teams of the 13-15-Year Age Group at Estonian Championships

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    Stamm, Meelis; Stamm, Raini; Koskel, Sade

    2008-01-01

    Study aim: Assessment of feasibility of using own computer software "Game" at competitions. Material and methods: The data were collected during Estonian championships in 2006 for male volleyball teams of the 13-15-years age group (n = 8). In all games, the performance of both teams was recorded in parallel with two computers. A total of…

  4. Proficiency Assessment of Male Volleyball Teams of the 13-15-Year Age Group at Estonian Championships

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    Stamm, Meelis; Stamm, Raini; Koskel, Sade

    2008-01-01

    Study aim: Assessment of feasibility of using own computer software "Game" at competitions. Material and methods: The data were collected during Estonian championships in 2006 for male volleyball teams of the 13-15-years age group (n = 8). In all games, the performance of both teams was recorded in parallel with two computers. A total of…

  5. Suicide by age, ethnic group, coroners' verdicts and country of birth - A three-year survey in inner London

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    Neeleman, J; Mak, [No Value; Wessely, S

    1997-01-01

    Background information on suicide in ethnic and immigrant groups in England and Wales is limited. Method A three-year (1991-1993) survey was conducted of all unnatural deaths of residents of an urban area. True likely and 'official' age-adjusted suicide rates were compared by ethnicity and, for Whit

  6. Sing Your Lungs Out—a community singing group for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a 1-year pilot study

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    McNaughton, Amanda; Weatherall, Mark; Williams, Mathew; McNaughton, Harry; Aldington, Sarah; Williams, Gayle; Beasley, Richard

    2017-01-01

    Objective Singing group participation may benefit patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Previous studies are limited by small numbers of participants and short duration of generally hospital-based singing group intervention. This study examines the feasibility of long-term participation in a community singing group for patients with COPD who had completed pulmonary rehabilitation (PR). Methods This was a feasibility cohort study. Patients with COPD who had completed PR and were enrolled in a weekly community exercise group were recruited to a new community-based singing group which met weekly for over 1 year. Measurements at baseline, 4 months and 1 year comprised comprehensive pulmonary function tests including lung volumes, 6 min walk test (6MWT), Clinical COPD Questionnaire (CCQ), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and hospital admission days for acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD) for 1 year before and after the first singing group session. Findings There were 28 participants with chronic lung disease recruited from 140 people approached. Five withdrew in the first month. 21 participants meeting Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease criteria for COPD completed 4-month and 18 completed 1-year assessments. The mean attendance was 85%. For the prespecified primary outcome measure, total HADS score, difference between baseline and 12 months was −0.9, 95% CI −3.0 to 1.2, p=0.37. Of the secondary measures, a significant reduction was observed for HADS anxiety score after 1 year of −0.9 (95% CI −1.8 to −0.1) points, p=0.038 and an increase in the 6MWT at 1 year, of 65 (95% CI 35 to 99) m compared with baseline psinging group for adults with COPD who have completed PR and are enrolled in a weekly community exercise group and provide evidence of improved exercise capacity and a reduction in anxiety. Trial registration number ACTRN12615000736549; Results. PMID:28119393

  7. US Home Injuries Kill 20,000 a Year,Group Says

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    阎黄杉

    2002-01-01

    本文的主题句真好。人人认为,Home is a heaven.但是,It is notnecessarily safe.(家是天堂,但未必就很安全)。美国每年在家中受到的伤害(注:非家庭暴力之伤害)令人震惊:more than 20 million medical visits result fromhome injuries each year.(不妨学习此表达的英语味,汉译:每年因家庭伤害而去医院门诊的人数就超过两千万人次)。另外,People don’t think about homesafety until something happens。一句也弥漫英语味,且很实用。

  8. First year nursing students' experiences of social media during the transition to university: a focus group study.

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    Ferguson, Caleb; DiGiacomo, Michelle; Saliba, Bernard; Green, Janet; Moorley, Calvin; Wyllie, Aileen; Jackson, Debra

    2016-10-01

    Social media platforms are useful for creating communities, which can then be utilised as a mean for supportive, professional and social learning. To explore first year nursing student experiences with social media in supporting student transition and engagement into higher education. Qualitative focus groups. Ten 1st year Bachelor of Nursing students were included in three face-to-face focus groups. Data were analysed using qualitative thematic content analysis. Three key themes emerged that illustrates the experiences of transition and engagement of first year student nurses using social media at university. (1) Facilitating familiarity and collaboration at a safe distance, (2) promoting independent learning by facilitating access to resources, and (3) mitigating hazards of social media. This study has demonstrated the importance of social media in supporting informal peer-peer learning and support, augmenting online and offline relationships, and building professional identity as a nurse.

  9. The AAS Working Group on Accessibility and Disability (WGAD) Year 1 Highlights and Database Access

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    Knierman, Karen A.; Diaz Merced, Wanda; Aarnio, Alicia; Garcia, Beatriz; Monkiewicz, Jacqueline A.; Murphy, Nicholas Arnold

    2017-06-01

    The AAS Working Group on Accessibility and Disability (WGAD) was formed in January of 2016 with the express purpose of seeking equity of opportunity and building inclusive practices for disabled astronomers at all educational and career stages. In this presentation, we will provide a summary of current activities, focusing on developing best practices for accessibility with respect to astronomical databases, publications, and meetings. Due to the reliance of space sciences on databases, it is important to have user centered design systems for data retrieval. The cognitive overload that may be experienced by users of current databases may be mitigated by use of multi-modal interfaces such as xSonify. Such interfaces would be in parallel or outside the original database and would not require additional software efforts from the original database. WGAD is partnering with the IAU Commission C1 WG Astronomy for Equity and Inclusion to develop such accessibility tools for databases and methods for user testing. To collect data on astronomical conference and meeting accessibility considerations, WGAD solicited feedback from January AAS attendees via a web form. These data, together with upcoming input from the community and analysis of accessibility documents of similar conferences, will be used to create a meeting accessibility document. Additionally, we will update the progress of journal access guidelines and our social media presence via Twitter. We recommend that astronomical journals form committees to evaluate the accessibility of their publications by performing user-centered usability studies.

  10. Orthodontic treatment need in a group of 9-12-year-old Brazilian schoolchildren

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    Patricia Fernanda Dias

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The present study aimed to evaluate the need for orthodontic treatment in Brazilian schoolchildren presenting both late mixed dentition and early permanent dentition as well as to determine the possible factors associated with this necessity. Our randomly selected sample consisted of 407 schoolchildren aged between 9 and 12 years from Nova Friburgo (State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All the children were evaluated according to the two components of the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN, namely, the Dental Health Component (DHC and the Aesthetic Component (AC. Data analysis involved multiple logistic regression. Definite need for orthodontic treatment was found in 34.2% and 11.3% of the children according to, respectively, DHC and AC. The most prevalent malocclusions included the following: contact point displacement (crowding, crossbite, and increased overjet. Male gender, permanent dentition and aesthetic reasons were factors associated with a great need for orthodontic treatment. It was concluded that about one-third of the children evaluated had a definite need for orthodontic treatment. This necessity was greater in the permanent dentition, thus emphasizing the importance of an early identification of malocclusions and a timely referral of patients for treatment. The correlation between AC and DHC was considered important since they involve distinctive characteristics.

  11. Tetralogy Surgery - Back To Baltimore 70 Years Later: Melbourne Heritage and Group Tribute to Juan Comas.

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    Sarris, George E

    2017-01-01

    Surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot progressed rapidly from the palliative arterio-pulmonary Blalock-Taussig shunt, introduced in Baltimore 70 years ago, to the "classic" complete transventricular repair technique, with which excellent early results were achieved soon thereafter. However, as duration of follow-up increased, so did the awareness of development of troubling late complications, including severe pulmonary insufficiency, right ventricular dilatation and dysfunction, and tricuspid valve insufficiency, all contributing to increasing incidence of late reoperations, as well as to arrhythmias and sudden death. This realization fueled the initial introduction of the transatrial-transpulmonary repair technique by Kawashima, as well as the subsequent firm establishment of this technique within the framework of an integrated surgical approach by Roger Mee in Melbourne. In turn, Mee's numerous trainees and associates led the dissemination of this approach and provided the impetus for the current wide adoption of a variety of right ventricular and pulmonary valve preservation techniques. In addition to the outstanding surgical results reported by individual centers adopting this surgical strategy, encouraging multi-institutional data are emerging regarding the benefits of these approaches for more favorable early and, most importantly, late outcome. One student and strong proponent of the Melbourne approach was our late colleague and friend Juan Comas, to whose memory this article can serve as tribute.

  12. EDTA-柠檬酸复合络合法制备阴极材料La0.4Sr0.6Co0.4Fe0.6O3粉体%Preparation of the La0.4Sr0.6Co0.4Fe0.6O3 Cathode Powder by EDTA and Citric Acid Compound Complexing Method

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    郝恩奇; 饶品玲; 刘帅

    2016-01-01

    本文采用EDTA-柠檬酸复合络合法制备了SOFC阴极La0.4Sr0.6Co0.4Fe0.6O3纳米粉体.并分别通过SEM、TEM、XRD及电化学极化阻抗仪对La0.4Sr0.6Co0.4Fe0.6O3粉体形貌、尺寸、晶相及电化学性能进行了表征.实验结果表明:采用EDTA-柠檬酸复合络合法获得的干凝胶,经800℃煅烧后可获得粒径为20~30 nm、结晶度高的钙钛矿结构的La0.4Sr0.6Co0.4Fe0.6O3纳米粉体.以La0.4Sr0.6Co0.4Fe0.6O3粉体及添加20wt%的GDC粉体制备成的复合阴极在700℃下的极化阻抗为0.15 Ω·cm2、电导率为715 S·cm-1.

  13. Care for chronic illness in Australian general practice – focus groups of chronic disease self-help groups over 10 years: implications for chronic care systems reforms

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    themes around chronic illness experience and care needs remained consistent over the 10 year period. Reforms did not appear to alleviate the burden of chronic illness across disease groups, yet some were more privileged than others. Thus in the future, chronic care reforms should build from greater understanding of the needs of people with chronic illness.

  14. Tracking Parkinson's Disease over One Year with Multimodal Magnetic Resonance Imaging in a Group of Older Patients with Moderate Disease.

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    Full Text Available Cross-sectional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI suggests that Parkinson's disease (PD is associated with changes in cerebral tissue volume, diffusion tensor imaging metrics, and perfusion values. Here, we performed a longitudinal multimodal MRI study--including structural, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI, and perfusion MRI--to investigate progressive brain changes over one year in a group of older PD patients at a moderate stage of disease.Twenty-three non-demented PD (mean age (SD = 69.5 (6.4 years, disease duration (SD = 5.6 (4.3 years and 23 matched control participants (mean age: 70.6 (6.8 completed extensive neuropsychological and clinical assessment, and multimodal 3T MRI scanning at baseline and one year later. We used a voxel-based approach to assess change over time and group-by-time interactions for cerebral structural and perfusion metrics.Compared to controls, in PD participants there was localized grey matter atrophy over time in bilateral inferior and right middle temporal, and left orbito-frontal cortices. Using a voxel-based approach that focused on the centers of principal white matter tracts, the PD and control cohorts exhibited similar levels of change in DTI metrics. There was no significant change in perfusion, cognitive, or motor severity measures.In a cohort of older, non-demented PD participants, macrostructural MRI detected atrophy in the PD group compared with the control group in temporal and orbito-frontal cortices. Changes in diffusion MRI along principal white matter tracts over one year were found, but this was not differentially affected by PD.

  15. Fluid optimization with hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 compared with modified fluid gelatin guided by esophageal Doppler during major abdominal surgeries.

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    El-Fandy, Gehan G; Omar, Sohaila H; El-Desouky, Ayman A; Kamel, Hend H; Refaat, Ahmed I

    2014-04-01

    Perioperative fluid therapy has a direct bearing on patient outcome and accordingly should be tailored individually. Thus the efficacy of HES 130/0.4 was compared to modified fluid gelatin for volume expansion during major abdominal surgery guided by transesophageal Doppler (TED). Fifty adult patients ASA physical status I-II undergoing major abdominal surgery were anesthetized with standard technique. In addition to basal fluid requirement, patients were randomly allocated into two equal groups (25 patients each) to receive 200 cc of either 6% HES 130/0.4 (HES group) or 3% modified fluid gel (GEL group) as intraoperative colloid replacement guided by TED. Heart rate, mean arterial blood pressure, central venous pressure, and Doppler derived measurements were recorded at the following timings: T1; after induction, T2; after skin incision, T3; two hours after that and T4; at the end of surgery. Fluid administration and transfusion requirements were recorded. Laboratory tests for hemostasis, hepatic and renal functions were continued till the fifth postoperative day. Both groups were comparable regarding Doppler derived data and fluid balance. Platelet count showed a significant drop (p surgeries. HES 130/0.4 has a more favorable effect on platelet counts than modified gelatin.

  16. Effect of TiO2-coating on structure and electrochemical performance of LiCo0.2Ni0.4Mn0.4O2

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    Xiao YANG; Youyuan HUANG; Henghui ZHOU; Jitao CHEN; Xinxiang ZHANG

    2008-01-01

    LiCo0.2Ni0.4Mn0.4O2, as the cathode materia for lithium ion batteries, was modified by TiO2-coatingThe effect of TiO2-coating on the structure and electro-chemical performance of LiCo0.2Ni0.4Mn0.4O2 was char-acterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and galvanostatic charge-discharge tests. The results suggest that a small amount of TiO2-coating doesnot change the crystalline structure, but considerably improves the electrochemical performance of LiCo0.2Ni0.4Mn0.4O2 in terms of capacity delivery and cyclability. XPS measurements confirm that the improved electrochemical performance is most possibly attributed to a decrease in interaction between the layered material and non-aqueous electrolyte during the charge-discharge processes.

  17. Asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36: Spectroscopy from 0.4 to 2.5 microns and Meteorite Analogs

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    Clark, Beth Ellen; Binzel, R. P.; Howell, E.; Cloutis, E. A.; Ockert-Bell, M.; Christensen, P.; Barucci, M. A.; DeMeo, F.; Lauretta, D.; Connolly, H., Jr.; Soderberg, A.; Hergenrother, C.; Lim, L.

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    We present reflectance spectra from 0.4 to 2.5 microns of asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36, the target of the proposed OSIRIS-REx spacecraft mission. The visible spectral data were obtained at the McDonald Observatory 2.1-m telescope with the ES2 spectrograph. The infrared spectral data were obtained at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility using the SpeX instrument. The average visible spectrum is combined with the average near-infrared wavelength spectrum to form a composite spectrum. We use three methods to constrain the compositional information in the composite spectrum of asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 (hereafter RQ36). First, we perform a least-squares search for meteorite spectral analogs using 15,000 spectra from the RELAB database. Three most likely meteorite analogs are proposed based on the least-squares search. Next, six spectral parameters are measured for RQ36 and their values are compared with the ranges in parameter values established by sets of RELAB spectra representing relevant spectrally measured meteorite classes. A most likely meteorite analog group is proposed based on the depth of overlap in parameter values. The results of the least-squares search and the parametric comparisons point to CIs and/or CMs as the most likely meteorite analogs for RQ36, and CKs and ureilites as the least likely. We speculate that RQ36 is composed of a CM1-like material. Finally, RQ36 is compared to other B-type asteroids measured by Clark et al. (2010 JGR 15) and is found to be most consistent with the Themis Group B-types. This is particularly interesting because asteroid 24 Themis was recently discovered to have H2O ice on the surface (Rivkin and Emery 2010, Nature 464; Campins et al. 2010, Nature 464).

  18. A 25 years experience of group-housed sows-reproduction in animal welfare-friendly systems.

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    Einarsson, Stig; Sjunnesson, Ylva; Hultén, Fredrik; Eliasson-Selling, Lena; Dalin, Anne-Marie; Lundeheim, Nils; Magnusson, Ulf

    2014-06-09

    Since January 1 2013, group housing of sows has been compulsory within the European Union (EU) in all pig holdings with more than ten sows. Sows and gilts need to be kept in groups from 4 weeks after service to 1 week before the expected time of farrowing (Article 3(4) of Directive 2008/120/EC on the protection of pigs). The legislation regarding group housing was adopted already in 2001 and a long transitional period was allowed to give member states and producers enough time for adaptation. Even so, group housing of sows still seems to be uncommon in the EU, and is also uncommon in commercial pig farming systems in the rest of the world. In this review we share our experience of the Swedish 25 years of animal welfare legislation stipulating that sows must be loose-housed which de facto means group housed. The two most important concerns related to reproductive function among group-housed sows are the occurrence of lactational oestrus when sows are group-housed during lactation, and the stress that is associated with group housing during mating and gestation. Field and clinical observations in non-lactating, group-housed sows in Sweden suggest that by making basic facts known about the pig reproductive physiology related to mating, we might achieve application of efficient batch-wise breeding without pharmacological interventions. Group housing of lactating sows has some production disadvantages and somewhat lower productivity would likely have to be expected. Recordings of behavioural indicators in different housing systems suggest a lower welfare level in stalled animals compared with group-housed ones. However, there are no consistent effects on the reproductive performance associated with different housing systems. Experimental studies suggest that the most sensitive period, regarding disturbance of reproductive functions by external stressors, is the time around oestrus. We conclude that by keeping sows according to the pig welfare-friendly Directive 2008

  19. A 25 years experience of group-housed sows–reproduction in animal welfare-friendly systems

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    Since January 1 2013, group housing of sows has been compulsory within the European Union (EU) in all pig holdings with more than ten sows. Sows and gilts need to be kept in groups from 4 weeks after service to 1 week before the expected time of farrowing (Article 3(4) of Directive 2008/120/EC on the protection of pigs). The legislation regarding group housing was adopted already in 2001 and a long transitional period was allowed to give member states and producers enough time for adaptation. Even so, group housing of sows still seems to be uncommon in the EU, and is also uncommon in commercial pig farming systems in the rest of the world. In this review we share our experience of the Swedish 25 years of animal welfare legislation stipulating that sows must be loose-housed which de facto means group housed. The two most important concerns related to reproductive function among group-housed sows are the occurrence of lactational oestrus when sows are group-housed during lactation, and the stress that is associated with group housing during mating and gestation. Field and clinical observations in non-lactating, group-housed sows in Sweden suggest that by making basic facts known about the pig reproductive physiology related to mating, we might achieve application of efficient batch-wise breeding without pharmacological interventions. Group housing of lactating sows has some production disadvantages and somewhat lower productivity would likely have to be expected. Recordings of behavioural indicators in different housing systems suggest a lower welfare level in stalled animals compared with group-housed ones. However, there are no consistent effects on the reproductive performance associated with different housing systems. Experimental studies suggest that the most sensitive period, regarding disturbance of reproductive functions by external stressors, is the time around oestrus. We conclude that by keeping sows according to the pig welfare-friendly Directive 2008

  20. [Registry of home-based enteral nutrition in Spain for the year 2006 (NADYA-SENPE Group)].

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    Cuerda, C; Chicharro, M L; Frías, L; García Luna, P P; Cardona, D; Camarero, E; Penacho, M A; Calañas, A; Parés, R M; Martínez Olmos, M A; Zapata, A; Rabassa Soler, A; Gómez Candela, C; Pérez de la Cruz, A; Lecha, M; Luis, D de; Luengo, L M; Wanden-Berghe, C; Laborda, L; Matía, P; Cantón, A; Martí, E; Irles, J A

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    To communicate the results obtained from the registry of Home-Based Enteral Nutrition (HBEN) of the NADYA-SENPE group for the year 2006. Recompilation of the data from the HBEN registry of the NADYA-SENPE group from January 1st to December 31st of 2006. During the year 2006, 3,921 patients (51% men) from 27 hospital centers were registered. Ninety-seven percent were older than 14 years. The mean age for those or = 14 years, it was 68.5 +/- 18.2 years. The most common underlying disease was neurological pathology (42%), followed by cancer (28%). Enteral nutrition was administered p.o. in 44% of the patients, through nasogastric tube in 40%, gastrostomy in 14%, and jejunostomy in 1%. The average time of nutritional support was 8.8 months. The most common reasons for ending the therapy were patient's death (54%) and switching to oral feeding (32%). Thirty-one percent of the patients presented a limited activity and 40% were confined to bed/coach. Most of the patients required partial (25%) or total (43%) care assistance. The nutritional formula was provided by the hospital in 62% of the cases and from the reference pharmacy in 27%. The fungible material was provided by the hospital in 80% of the cases and by primary care in the remaining patients. Although the number of registered patients is slightly higher than that from the last years, there are no important changes in the patients characteristics, or way of administration and duration of enteral nutrition.

  1. Resuscitation with hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 attenuates intestinal injury in a rabbit model of sepsis

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    Wei-Hua Lu

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    Conclusions: Fluid resuscitation with 6% HES 130/0.4 protects against intestinal mucosal barrier dysfunction in rabbits with sepsis, possibly via mechanisms associated with improving intestinal oxygen metabolism and reducing the release of inflammatory mediators.

  2. Executive functions and sustained attention:Comparison between age groups of 19-39 and 40-59 years old

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Few studies involving the cognition of middle-aged adults are available in the international literature, particularly investigating the process of cognitive aging, executive components and attention. Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate whether there are differences in performance on neuropsychological tasks of executive functions and sustained attention between two age groups. Methods: The sample consisted of 87 adults aged from 19 to 59 years old, divided into two groups according to the age variable (younger adults and middle-aged adults. All participants were Brazilian and had no sensory, psychiatric or neurological disorders; subjects also had no history of alcohol abuse, and no self-reported use of illicit drugs or antipsychotics. The neuropsychological instruments administered were the Hayling Test, Trail Making Test, Bells Test and verbal fluency tasks. Results: Groups showed no significant differences in relation to sociodemographic variables, educational level or frequency of reading and writing habits. The younger adult group performed better than the middle-aged group on tasks that involved mainly processing speed, cognitive flexibility and lexical search. Conclusions: These findings serve as a valuable reference for cognitive processing in middle-aged adults, since a large number of comparative studies focus only on the younger and later phases of adulthood. Additional studies are needed to investigate possible interaction between different factors such as age and education.

  3. A POPULATION BASED STUDY OF REFRACTIVE ERRORS IN CHILDREN AMONG AGE GROUP OF 7-15 YEARS

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Refractive error is the most common cause of visual impairment around the world and the second leading cause of treatable blindness. Very early detection and treatment of visual impairment in children results in a reduction in the number of school children with poor sight being uncorrected. AIM To study the prevalence of uncorrected refractive errors among children of 7-15 years of age group. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 958 children of age group 7-15 years were examined during a time period of 1 year from June 2014 to May 2015. The examination included visual acuity, slit lamp examination, auto refractometer, keratometry, A-Scan Biometry and fundoscopic examination. Patients were then taken to assess the refractive error under the cycloplegic effect of 1% homatropine by streak retinoscopy. Hyperopia was defined as spherical power of >+2.00 D, Myopia as -0.50 D. RESULTS Visual impairment (VA of 6/12 or worse in better eye was present in 8.14% of the children examined. The prevalence of myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism was 4.70%, 1.24%, 2.2% respectively, Myopia was commonly seen in older age group children. CONCLUSION Refractive error was the main cause of visual impairment in children between 7-15 years. Myopia was the most common refractive error particularly in older children. Uncorrected refractive errors among children have a considerable impact on learning and their academic achievement. Diagnosis and correction of refractive error is the most effective form of eye care. As it is an easily treatable cause of visual impairment, effective strategies should be developed to eliminate refractive error in children.

  4. The career paths of a group of Romanian nurses in Italy: a 3-year follow-up study.

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    Palese, A; Barba, M; Mesaglio, M

    2008-06-01

    The objective of this study was to describe for how long a homogeneous group of 17 Romanian nurses who first arrived at the 'Teaching Hospital' in Italy in 2003, stayed in the same hospital/ward of the host country, why and when they decided to move from one hospital to another, and their levels of competence in core skills, after either 6 months or 3 years. A longitudinal study design was adopted. The first phase was carried out in 2004, the second in 2006. We used an anonymous questionnaire. Only ten of the 17 nurses, who had started working in Italy 3 years before, remained in the same Hospital where they first started working. In spite of being given the opportunity to stay, some decided to move to hospitals where it is possible to earn more money or where they could save more by living in less expensive towns. The first nurse left the hospital in the first year, five in the second and one in the third year. Levels of perceived professional independence after 3 years are very good: the permanent group had improved their skills in all areas even though they felt a lack of confidence during the first 6 months. This study, within the limits of the sample and the methods, shows that foreign nurses are highly mobile in the host country and this revolves around the opportunity to earn more. With increasing recruitment of nurses from within the European continent, it is necessary to continue studying the factors that sustain foreign nurses, to find out how they can be helped, how to value their imported professional skills, how to reduce the initial lack of faith in their own abilities and to discover which strategies would encourage them to stay in the hospital where they arrived.

  5. Progression to Problem Drinking Among Mexican American and White European First-Year College Students: A Multiple Group Analysis*

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    Schweizer, C. Amanda; Doran, Neal; Roesch, Scott C.; Myers, Mark G.

    2011-01-01

    Objective: Problem drinking during college is a well-known phenomenon. However, predictors of progression to problematic drinking, particularly among ethnic minorities such as Mexican Americans, have received limited research attention. Method: The current study compared the rates and predictors of problem drinking progression from the first to the second year of college among four groups: Mexican American men, Mexican American women, White European men, and White European women (N = 215). At baseline, participants were all first-year college students who scored as nonproblem drinkers on the Young Adult Alcohol Problems Screening Test (YAAPST). Participants were classified as progressors or stable nondrinkers/nonproblem drinkers based on YAAPST scores 12 months later. Hypothesized predictors of progression included behavioral undercontrol, negative emotionality, alcohol use expectancies, and cultural orientation (Mexican American sample only). Differences were anticipated between gender and ethnic groups in both progression rates and predictors of progression. Results: Twenty-nine percent of the sample progressed to problematic drinking; however, no differences emerged by gender or ethnicity. For the full sample, higher behavioral undercontrol and higher negative emotionality significantly predicted progression. Differences in predictors were not found across gender and ethnic subgroups. Conclusions: The hypothesis that rates of progression to problem drinking would differ among the four gender and ethnic groups was not supported. Thus, although White European men are most often identified as at high risk for alcohol use problems, the present findings indicate that women and Mexican American students also should be targeted for prevention and/or intervention. PMID:22051211

  6. Properties of Mn0.4Zn0.6Fe2O4 and Mn0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4 as Nanocatalyst for Ammonia Production

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Ammonia synthesis requires high pressure and high temperature process. Unfortunately, the capital intensive cost resulting low yield of ammonia by using recent catalyst which is iron oxide. Therefore, manganese zinc ferrite as a soft ferrite material will be introduced as a new nanocatalyst to enhance the ammonia yield. As a new nanocatalyst for ammonia production, study of comparasion two different concentration of MnZn Ferrite is very important. This paper will compare the yield of ammonia by using two different nanocatalyst which are Mn0.4Zn0.6Fe2O4 and Mn0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4. Both were synthesized by sol-gel method and has been characterize by using FESEM (morphology, XRD (phase identification, EDX (elemental analysis and TPR (oxide reduction. The ammonia was produce with and without magnetic field applied. The result shows that the ammonia yield is higher for Mn0.4Zn0.6Fe2O4 nanocatalyst than Mn0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4 by using magnetic field applied. 67.2% of yield has been achieved by using new nanocatalyst Mn0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4 and magnetic field applied at ambient environment.

  7. Five years of specialised early intervention versus two years of specialised early intervention followed by three years of standard treatment for patients with a first episode psychosis: randomised, superiority, parallel group trial in Denmark (OPUS II)

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    Melau, Marianne; Jensen, Heidi; Emborg, Charlotte; Jepsen, Jens Richardt Mollegaard; Fagerlund, Birgitte; Gluud, Christian; Mors, Ole; Hjorthøj, Carsten; Nordentoft, Merete

    2017-01-01

    Objective To compare the effects of five years of specialised early intervention (SEI) treatment for first episode schizophrenia spectrum disorder with the standard two years of SEI plus three years of treatment as usual. Design Randomised, superiority, parallel group trial with blinded outcome assessment. Randomisation was centralised and computerised with concealed randomisation sequence carried out at an external site. Setting Participants were recruited from six OPUS teams in Denmark between 2009 and 2012. OPUS teams provide SEI treatment to all patients diagnosed with a schizophrenia spectrum disorder in Denmark. Participants 400 participants (51% women) with a mean age of 25.6 (standard deviation 4.3) were randomised to five years of SEI (experimental intervention; n=197) or to two years of SEI plus three years of treatment as usual (control; n=203). Interventions OPUS treatment consists of three core elements—modified assertive community treatment, family involvement, and social skill training—with a patient-case manager ratio of no more than 12:1. For participants randomised to five years of OPUS treatment, the treatment was largely unchanged. Participants randomised to the control group were mostly referred to community health centres after two years of SEI treatment. Main outcomes Follow-up assessments were conducted five years after start of OPUS treatment. Primary outcome was negative symptoms measured on the scale for assessment of negative symptoms (avolition-apathy, anhedonia, alogia, and affective blunting). Secondary outcomes were remission of both negative and psychotic symptoms, psychotic symptoms, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, compliance with medical treatment, adherence with treatment, client satisfaction, days in hospital care, and labour market affiliation. Results Levels of negative symptoms did not differ between the intervention group and control group (1.72 v 1.81 points; estimated mean difference −0.10 (95% confidence

  8. Two-step tuberculin skin testing in school-going adolescents with initial 0-4 millimeter responses in a high tuberculosis prevalence setting in South India.

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    Murthy, Maitreyi; Selvam, Sumithra; Jesuraj, Nelson; Bennett, Sean; Doherty, Mark; Grewal, Harleen M S; Vaz, Mario

    2013-01-01

    The utility of two-step tuberculin skin testing among adolescents in high tuberculosis prevalence settings is not well established. To determine the proportion and determinants of a 0-4 mm response to an initial standard tuberculin skin test (TST) and evaluating 'boosting' with repeat testing. Adolescents between 11 and 18 years attending schools/colleges underwent a TST; those with a response of between 0-4 mm had a repeat TST 1-4 weeks later. Initial TST was done for 6608/6643 participants; 1257 (19%) developed a 0-4 mm response to the initial TST. Younger age and under-nutrition were more likely to be associated with a 0-4 mm response, while the presence of BCG (Bacillus Calmette Guerin) scar and higher socio-economic class were less likely to be associated with a 0-4 mm response. On repeat testing boosting was seen in 13.2% (145/1098; ≥ 6 mm over the initial test) while 4.3% showed boosting using a more conservative cutoff of a repeat TST ≥ 10 mm with an increment of at least 6 mm (47/1098). History of exposure to a tuberculosis (TB) case was associated with enhanced response. The proportion of adolescents who demonstrated boosting on two-step TST testing in our study was relatively low. As a result repeat testing did not greatly alter the prevalence of TST positivity. However, the two-step TST helps identify individuals who can potentially boost their immune response to a second test, and thus, prevents them from being misclassified as those with newly acquired infection, or tuberculin converters. While two-step tuberculin skin testing may have a limited role in population- level TST surveys, it may be useful where serial tuberculin testing needs to be performed to distinguish those who show an enhanced response or boosters from those who indeed have a new infection, or converters.

  9. Simulation study of electric-guided delivery of 0.4µm monodisperse and polydisperse aerosols to the ostiomeatal complex.

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    Xi, Jinxiang; Yuan, Jiayao Eddie; Si, Xiuhua April

    2016-05-01

    Despite the high prevalence of rhinosinusitis, current inhalation therapy shows limited efficacy due to extremely low drug delivery efficiency to the paranasal sinuses. Novel intranasal delivery systems are needed to enhance targeted delivery to the sinus with therapeutic dosages. An optimization framework for intranasal drug delivery was developed to target polydisperse charged aerosols to the ostiomeatal complex (OMC) with electric guidance. The delivery efficiency of a group of charged aerosols recently reported in the literature was numerically assessed and optimized in an anatomically accurate nose-sinus model. Key design variables included particle charge number, particle size and distribution, electrode strength, and inhalation velocity. Both monodisperse and polydisperse aerosol profiles were considered. Results showed that the OMC delivery efficiency was highly sensitive to the applied electric field and electrostatic charges carried by the particles. Through the synthesis of electric-guidance and point drug release, focused deposition with significantly enhanced dosage in the OMC can be achieved. For 0.4 µm charged aerosols, an OMC delivery efficiency of 51.6% was predicted for monodisperse aerosols and 34.4% for polydisperse aerosols. This difference suggested that the aerosol profile exerted a notable effect on intranasal deliveries. Sensitivity analysis indicated that the OMC deposition fraction was highly sensitive to the charge and size of particles and was less sensitive to the inhalation velocity considered in this study. Experimental studies are needed to validate the numerically optimized designs. Further studies are warranted to investigate the targeted OMC delivery with both electric and acoustics controls, the latter of which has the potential to further deliver the drug particles into the sinus cavity.

  10. Nanoscale precipitation in aged Al–3.5Cu–0.4Mg–0.2Ge alloy

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    Liao, Z.Q. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing (IZFP), Dresden D-01109 (Germany); Zheng, Z.Q., E-mail: zzqcsu@126.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Li, S.C. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Liu, W.Q. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Cai, B.; Zhong, S. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China)

    2013-10-20

    During ageing at 200 °C, a trace (0.2 wt%) addition of Ge to a base Al–3.5Cu–0.4Mg alloy resulted in anomalous precipitation processes by stimulating the formation of nanoscale precipitate and suppressing the formation of S′(Al{sub 2}CuMg) precipitate. This behavior was demonstrated to be closely related to the preferential Mg–Ge cluster which formed in the early ageing stage. The increased hardening response and enhanced hardness in Ge-containing alloy were due to the rapid precipitation of high density of fine nanoscale precipitate. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigation indicated that nanoscale precipitate, θ′ (Al{sub 2}Cu), θ′{sub II} (Al{sub 2}Cu) and σ (Al{sub 5}Cu{sub 6}Mg{sub 2}) precipitates could coexist in Al matrix for prolonged ageing at 200 °C. And the nanoscale precipitate was demonstrated to own 〈001〉{sub α} needle-shaped morphology and be enriched with aluminum, copper, magnesium and germanium. The Mg/(Cu+Ge) atomic ratio in them is close to 1:1. High-resolution TEM observation indicated that the nanoscale precipitates appeared to be coherent with Al matrix and their orientation relationship is 〈100〉{sub nano}//〈100〉{sub Al} and {010}{sub nano}//{010}{sub Al}. A modified structure with composition of Al{sub 10}Mg{sub 3}Cu{sub 3−x}Ge{sub x} (0group Imm2. The simulated diffraction patterns fit very well with experimental selected area electron diffraction (SAED) results.

  11. Defense mechanisms after brief cognitive-behavior group therapy for panic disorder: one-year follow-up.

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    Heldt, Elizeth; Blaya, Carolina; Kipper, Leticia; Salum, Giovanni A; Otto, Michael W; Manfro, Gisele G

    2007-06-01

    Changes in defense mechanisms have been shown in long-term psychodynamic treatment. The aim of this study was to examine the changes that occurred after brief cognitive-behavior group therapy in the defense style of panic disorder patients that had failed to respond to pharmacotherapy. Forty-seven patients participated in the study and severity of panic disorder was evaluated by Clinical Global Impression. Defense mechanisms were evaluated by the Defense Style Questionnaire. Patients decreased the use of maladaptive defenses after cognitive-behavior group therapy, and the change in immature defenses was maintained at 1-year follow-up evaluation (p = 0.022). These modifications were associated with reduction of symptoms (F = 0.359; p = 0.047). These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that defense styles are malleable in short-term treatment and are, at least partially, symptom-state dependent.

  12. 25 years of N-heterocyclic carbenes: activation of both main-group element-element bonds and NHCs themselves.

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    Würtemberger-Pietsch, Sabrina; Radius, Udo; Marder, Todd B

    2016-04-14

    N-Heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) are widely used ligands and reagents in modern inorganic synthesis as well as in homogeneous catalysis and organocatalysis. However, NHCs are not always innocent bystanders. In the last few years, more and more examples were reported of reactions of NHCs with main-group elements which resulted in modification of the NHC. Many of these reactions lead to ring expansion and the formation of six-membered heterocyclic rings involving insertion of the heteroatom into the C-N bond and migration of hydrides, phenyl groups or boron-containing fragments. Furthermore, a few related NHC rearrangements were observed some decades ago. In this Perspective, we summarise the history of NHC ring expansion reactions from the 1960s till the present.

  13. Facilitation of the Estuary/Ocean Subgroup and the Expert Regional Technical Group, Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report

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    Johnson, Gary E. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2014-09-01

    This document is the annual report for fiscal year 2014 for the project called Facilitation of the Estuary/Ocean Subgroup (EOS) and the Expert Regional Technical Group (ERTG). Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) conducted the project for the Bonneville Power Administration. The EOS and ERTG are part of the research, monitoring, and evaluation and habitat restoration efforts, respectively, developed by the Action Agencies (BPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) in response to obligations arising from the Endangered Species Act as a result of operation of the Federal Columbia River Power System and implemented under the Columbia Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Program.

  14. Search for B0 -> rho0rho0 and Non-Resonant B0 -> 4pi Decays

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    We search for the decay B0 -> rho0rho0 and other possible charmless modes with a pi+pi-pi+pi- final state, including B0 -> rho0f0(980), B0 -> f0(980)f0(980), B0 -> f0(980)pipi, B0 -> rho0pipi and non-resonant B0 -> 4pi. These results are obtained from a data sample containing 520 x 10^6 BBar pairs collected by the Belle detector at the KEKB asymmetric-energy e+e- collider. We measure a branching fraction of (0.9 +/- 0.4^{+0.3}_{-0.4}) x 10^{-6}, or B(B0 -> rho0rho0) 4pi decay to be (10.2 +/- 4.7^{+2.3}_{-1.5}) x 10^{-6} with 2.1\\sigma significance, and set the 90% confidence level upper limit B(B0 -> 4pi) rho0f0(980), B0 -> f0(980)f0(980), B0 -> f0(980)pipi and B0 -> rho0pipi, no significant signals are observed and upper limits on the branching fractions are set.

  15. Crystal growth and spin reorientation transition in Sm0.4Er0.6FeO3 orthoferrite

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    Zhao, Xiangyang; Zhang, Kailin; Xu, Kai; Man, Peiwen; Xie, Tao; Wu, Anhua; Ma, Guohong; Cao, Shixun; Su, Liangbi

    2016-04-01

    High quality Sm0.4Er0.6FeO3 single crystal has been successfully grown by the floating zone method. Temperature dependence of the magnetizations of Sm0.4Er0.6FeO3 under ZFC process is studied in the temperature range of 4-300 K. Spin reorientation transition between Γ2 (Gz, Fx) and Γ4 (Gx, Fz) is observed in the temperature range of 170-210 K, which is significantly lower than that of SmFeO3, while much higher than that of ErFeO3. A compensation point (35.8 K) corresponding to zero magnetization and a spontaneous magnetization reversal transition at 49.5 K are observed in Sm0.4Er0.6FeO3. Temperature-induced SRT of Sm0.4Er0.6FeO3 is systematically studied by THz-TDS range from 40 K to 300 K. The temperature dependence of amplitude of AFM mode coincides well with the magnetization measurement which demonstrate that SRT in Sm0.4Er0.6FeO3 can be studied through the amplitude of AFM mode FID emission. The AF mode frequency is almost invariant, while the F mode frequency significantly decreases with increasing temperature, which could be explained by the temperature dependence of anisotropy energy.

  16. Research and Design of Ge0.6Si0.4/Si Strained-layer Superlattice Planar Optical Waveguide

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    2002-01-01

    Calculation shows that the refraction index of Ge0.6Si0.4/Si strained-layer superlattice n≈3.64, when Lw=9nm and Lb=24nm. An algorithm of numerical iteration for effective refraction index is employed to obtain different effective refraction indexes at different thickness (L). As a result, the thickness of Ge0.6Si0.4/Si strained-layer superlattice optical waveguide, L≤363nm, can be determined, which is very important for designing waveguide devices. An optical waveguide can be made into a nanometer device by using Ge0.6Si0.4/Si strained-layer superlattice.

  17. Synthesis and Thermoelectric Properties of Ca2.6Nd0.4Co4O9 Compound

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    车平; 张艳; 薄其兵; 冯静; 王静平; 孟健

    2004-01-01

    The layered cobaltite Ca2.6Nd0.4Co4O9 was synthesized by the solid-state reaction. Their crystal structure was determined by the X-ray powder diffraction and CELL program. The prepared Ca2.6Nd0.4Co4O9 compound has the monoclinic symmetry. The electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient were measured from room temperature to 700 ℃ in air. Both the properties increase while rising temperature. The thermoelectric power of Ca2.6Nd0.4Co4O9 is about 242.4 μV·K-1. The results imply a promising way to enhance the thermoelectric properties of the layered cobaltite oxides by optimizing their composition and microstructure.

  18. Socioeconomic Disparity in Later-Year Group Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms: Role of Health and Social Engagement Change.

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    Lee, Hyunjoo; Park, Sojung; Kwon, Eunsun; Cho, Joonyoung

    2017-06-01

    This study explored heterogeneous change patterns of South Korean older adults' depressive symptoms by poverty status, focusing on health status and social engagement changes. We used data from four waves (2006-2012) of the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (KLoSA). Our sample contained 2461 poor and 1668 non-poor individuals. All were 65 years old or older at baseline. We used latent class growth analysis to identify trajectory groups' depressive symptoms. Multinomial logistic regression was used to examine how a range of changes in health conditions and social engagement was associated with trajectories among poor and non-poor participants. Among the poor, five heterogeneous trajectories with clear patterns were identified: high-to-moderate, stable-high, slightly-increasing, steeply-increasing, and stable-low. Among non-poor, high-to-moderate, steeply-increasing, and stable-low groups were found. A decrease in health conditions was the most vulnerable subgroup's (steeply-increasing) primary risk factor. Poor older adults who reduced participation in, or decreased contact with, social networks were likely to belong to the steeply-increasing group. Our study provides impetus for organizational and/or environmental support systems to facilitate social engagement among poor older adults. Future research should examine whether the significance of social engagement among poor elders applies in less-developed and developed countries.

  19. The Impact of Aluminum and Iron Substitution on the Structure and Electrochemistry of Li[Ni0.4Co0.2-yMyMn0.4]O2 Materials

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    WIlcox, James D.; Rodriguez, Efrain E.; Doeff, Marca M.

    2009-07-23

    Li[Ni0.4Co0.2-yMyMn0.4]O2 (0<_y<_0.2) (M=Al) and Li[Ni0.4Co0.15Fe0.05Mn0.4]O2 compounds were prepared in order to investigate the effect of replacement of all or part of the cobalt on the structural and electrochemical properties. The impact of substitution on the structure has been examined by both x-ray and neutron diffraction experiments. The incorporation of aluminum has minimal effect on the anti-site defect concentration, but leads to structural changes that affect electrochemical performance. The most important effect is an opening of the lithium slab dimension upon substitution, which results in improved rate performance compared to the parent compound. In contrast, the lithium slab dimension is not affected by iron substitution and no rate enhancement effect is observed. The cycling stability of aluminum containing materials is superior to both the parent material and iron-substituted materials.

  20. Tailoring the surface properties of LiNi(0.4)Mn(0.4)Co(0.2)O2 by titanium substitution for improved high voltage cycling performance.

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    Wolff-Goodrich, Silas; Lin, Feng; Markus, Isaac M; Nordlund, Dennis; Xin, Huolin L; Asta, Mark; Doeff, Marca M

    2015-09-14

    The present study aims to provide insights into the behavior of LiNi0.4Mn0.4Co0.2O2 (NMC442) and LiNi0.4Mn0.4Co0.18Ti0.02O2 (NMC442-Ti02) cathode materials under galvanostatic cycling to high potentials, in the context of previous work which predicted that Ti-substituted variants should deliver higher capacities and exhibit better cycling stability than the unsubstituted compounds. It is found that NMC cathodes containing Ti show equivalent capacity fading but greater specific capacity than those without Ti in the same potential range. When repeatedly charged to the same degree of delithiation, NMC cathodes containing Ti showed better capacity retention. Soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) spectra for Mn and Co indicated increased reduction in these elements for NMC cathodes without Ti, indicating that the substitution of Ti for Co acts to suppress the formation of a high impedance rock salt phase at the surface of NMC cathode particles. The results of this study validate the adoption of a facile change to existing NMC chemistries to improve cathode capacity retention under high voltage cycling conditions.

  1. Impact of Hearing Loss on Daily Life Style and Schooling among Children between 5 and 15 Years Age-Group

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    Hiteshree C Patel, Mohua Moitra, Anjali Modi, Jaymin Contractor, S L Kantharia

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: “Hearing”- one of the five special senses with which a human is gifted. At times, due to variety of reasons, this sense is impaired. Hearing impairment of any degree has a profound effect on children. It delays development of speech, slows educational progress and leads to being stigmatized. Objectives: To document the impact of hearing loss in daily life style and schooling of children between 5 and 15 years age-group. Materials & methods: This was cross- sectional study done in Children between 5 and 15 years age-group with hearing loss, coming to an ENT OPD, New Civil Hospital, Surat during the period of 1st August 2011 to 31 July 2012. Results: A total of 246 children were studied. Mean age of the study population was 9±3.46 years. Most common impactin life of children with hearing loss was that “they were not admitted to school by their parents” (31.3%. Among them, 84.4% had congenital deafness and 15.6% had acquired deafness. This difference was statistically significant. (p= 0.002, x2= 8.63. As per parents’ perception, academic performance of the children was significantly associated with type of school (normal Vs deaf & mute school” (p< 0.001. Conclusion: Most common impact was that “children being not admitted to school” and “children were lagging behind in studies”. Among the congenitally deaf children, the quality of life was significantly better in those who attended these special schools (p<0.001.

  2. Identifying clinical learning needs using structured group feedback: first year evaluation of pre-registration nursing and midwifery degree programmes.

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    Frazer, Kate; Connolly, Michael; Naughton, Corina; Kow, Veronica

    2014-07-01

    Facilitating and supporting clinical learning for student nurses and midwives are essential within their practice environments. Clinical placements provide unique opportunities in preparation for future roles. Understanding the experiences of first year student nurses and midwives following clinical exposures and examining the clinical facilitators and barriers can assist in maintaining and developing clinical supports. The study used a structured group feedback approach with a convenience sample of 223 first year nursing and midwifery students in one Irish university in April 2011 to ascertain feedback on the clinical aspects of their degree programme. Approximately 200 students participated in the process. Two key clinical issues were identified by students: facilitating clinical learning and learning experiences and needs. Positive learning environments, supportive staff and increased opportunities for reflection were important issues for first year students. The role of supportive mentoring staff in clinical practice is essential to enhance student learning. Students value reflection in practice and require more opportunities to engage during placements. More collaborative approaches are required to ensure evolving and adapting practice environments can accommodate student learning. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Early colonization with a group of Lactobacilli decreases the risk for allergy at five years of age despite allergic heredity.

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    Maria A Johansson

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Microbial deprivation early in life can potentially influence immune mediated disease development such as allergy. The aims of this study were to investigate the influence of parental allergy on the infant gut colonization and associations between infant gut microbiota and allergic disease at five years of age. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Fecal samples were collected from 58 infants, with allergic or non-allergic parents respectively, at one and two weeks as well as at one, two and twelve months of life. DNA was extracted from the fecal samples and Real time PCR, using species-specific primers, was used for detection of Bifidobacterium (B. adolescentis, B. breve, B. bifidum, Clostridium (C. difficile, a group of Lactobacilli (Lactobacillus (L. casei, L. paracasei and L. rhamnosus as well as Staphylococcus (S. aureus. Infants with non-allergic parents were more frequently colonized by Lactobacilli compared to infants with allergic parents (p = 0.014. However, non-allergic five-year olds acquired Lactobacilli more frequently during their first weeks of life, than their allergic counterparts, irrespectively of parental allergy (p = 0.009, p = 0.028. Further the non-allergic children were colonized with Lactobacilli on more occasions during the first two months of life (p = 0.038. Also, significantly more non-allergic children were colonized with B. bifidum at one week of age than the children allergic at five years (p = 0.048. CONCLUSION: In this study we show that heredity for allergy has an impact on the gut microbiota in infants but also that early Lactobacilli (L. casei, L. paracasei, L. rhamnosus colonization seems to decrease the risk for allergy at five years of age despite allergic heredity.

  4. Perioperative and continence outcomes of robotic radical prostatectomy in elderly Indian men (≥70 years: A sub-group analysis

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    Rajiv Yadav

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Many healthy elderly Indian men seek surgical treatment for localized prostate cancer. Quite often, radical surgery is not offered to the patients over 70 years of age due to the perception of increased side-effects and complications. We have previously reported our results of robotic radical prostatectomy in a study comprising 150 Indian patients, where almost a quarter of patients were elderly. This subgroup analysis was therefore focused on evaluating perioperative and continence outcomes in elderly men (≥70 years with localized prostate cancer. Materials and Methods: Between April 2010 and August 2013, 153 men had robot-assisted radical prostatectomy performed by two surgeons. Of the 150 men analyzed, 39 (26% were aged ≥70 years. All patients underwent robotic prostatectomy using a 4 arm da Vinci surgical system. Pre-operative, intraoperative and post-operative parameters were studied. Check cystogram was performed in all patients prior to catheter removal. Complications were categorized using the Clavien-Dindo classification system. Continence was defined as use of "no pad" or security liner only. All data were recorded prospectively and analyzed using SPSS version 20. Results: There were no significant intraoperative or perioperative complications in this group. Median blood loss during surgery was 150 mL. None of the patient required blood transfusion. There were two minor complications (5.1% within the first 30 days of surgery: Minimal anastomotic site leak (one patient requiring replacement and prolongation of Foley′s drainage by 1 week and ileus (one patient. No patient had any cardiopulmonary or vascular complications in the post-operative period. The median duration of hospital stay was 3 days. The median duration of catheterization was 7 days. No patient had problem of bladder neck stenosis in the follow-up period. At 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year of follow-up, 66.7% (n = 26, 74.3% (n = 29, 87.9% (n = 34

  5. Thermal expansion properties and hygroscopicity of Y2-xSmxW3O12 (x = 0.0-0.4) compounds

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    2008-01-01

    A novel class of solid solutions of Y2-xSmxW3O12 (x = 0.0-0.4) were synthesized and studied by means of powder X-ray diffraction. All samples crystallize in an orthorhombic space group Pnca. The lattice parameters a, b and c of Y2-xSmxW3O12 increase with increasing Sm content. Since the compounds of this series hydrate at room temperature, thermogravimetric (TG) analysis was carried out. The result shows that the compound stores less water with increasing Sm content. The thermal expansion properties of Y2-xSmxW3O12 (x = 0.1, 0.3 and 0.4) were investigated with high temperature X-ray diffraction. Negative thermal expansion coefficient -α becomes less negative from -6.644×10-6 to -6.211×10-6℃-1 when x changes from 0.1 to 0.4.

  6. Thermal expansion properties and hygro-scopicity of Y2-xSmxW3O12 (x=0.0-0.4) compounds

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    2008-01-01

    A novel class of solid solutions of Y2-xSmxW3O12 (x = 0.0–0.4) were synthesized and studied by means of powder X-ray diffraction. All samples crystallize in an ortho- rhombic space group Pnca. The lattice parameters a, b and c of Y2-xSmxW3O12 in- crease with increasing Sm content. Since the compounds of this series hydrate at room temperature, thermogravimetric (TG) analysis was carried out. The result shows that the compound stores less water with increasing Sm content. The thermal expansion properties of Y2-xSmxW3O12 (x = 0.1, 0.3 and 0.4) were investi- gated with high temperature X-ray diffraction. Negative thermal expansion coeffi- cient αl becomes less negative from -6.644×10-6 to -6.211×10-6℃-1 when x changes from 0.1 to 0.4.

  7. Structural, magnetic and magnetotransport properties of La0.7-CeBa0.3MnO3 ( = 0.0-0.4)

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    R Vengadesh Kumara Mangalam; A Sundaresan

    2006-01-01

    Structural, magnetic and magnetotransport properties of La0.7-CeBa0.3MnO3 ( = 0-0.4) have been investigated although some unreacted secondary phases of CeO2 were present. The rhombohedral structure (-3) for = 0 transforms to orthorhombic with the space group Imma for = 0.3. All samples showed ferromagnetic transition above 300 K and a negative magnetoresistance. For > 0.1, magnetization data measured at 1 T showed a decrease at low temperatures ( < 50 K) due to antiferromagnetic coupling between Ce-local moments and Mn-moments. For = 0.4, the resistivity showed a maximum around 200 K which corresponds to ordering temperature of cerium. Since these results are similar to that observed in the Sr-containing La0.5-CeSr0.5MnO3 ( = 0-0.4) system, we suggest that the cerium ions are in the trivalent state and the anomalous behaviour has been attributed to a Kondo-like effect.

  8. Effect of Bi and Sr doping on morphological and magnetic properties of LaCo0.6Fe0.4O3 nanosized perovskites

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    U Megha; George Varghese; K Shijina

    2016-02-01

    Nanopowders of La1−xBixCo0.6Fe0.4O3 ( = 0, 0.1, 0.2) and La1−2xBiSrCo0.6Fe0.4O3 ( = 0.1) multinary perovskites were synthesized by citrate sol–gel autocombustion method. Crystalline phase and the lattice parameters were obtained from X-ray diffraction pattern. The XRD result shows that all compounds have rhombhohedral crystal structure with $\\bar{\\rm R3}$c space group and Bi ( = 0.2) have the presence of secondary peaks. Crystallite size, dislocation density, specific area and strain were calculated from XRD. The elemental composition and micrographs of grain were obtained from EDAX (energy dispersive X-ray analysis) and SEM (scanning electron microscopy), with an average grain size below 400 nm. Surface morphological studies using XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) were used to find out the chemical states and surface proportion of oxygen present in samples. Finally, using the vibrating sample magnetometer the room temperature magnetic behaviour of compounds was studied and it was observed that the ferromagnetic behaviour of LaCo0.6Fe0.4O3 was reduced by Bi and Sr doping.

  9. Estimation of Electron Dose Delivered by a 0.4 MeV Accelerator from Bremsstrahlung Dose Measurements

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    Karadjov, A. G.; Hansen, Jørgen-Walther

    1980-01-01

    Determination of a 0.4 MeV electron dose from a bremsstrahlung dose measurement using a converter-detector system is considered. The detector used is a Frickle dosimeter, and the converters are aluminum, copper and lead foils. Optimal converter thickness is ascertained experimentally for each mat...

  10. Danish Breast Cancer Cooperative Group--DBCG: History, organization, and status of scientific achievements at 30-year anniversary

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    Blichert-Toft, M.; Christiansen, Peter; Mouridsen, H.T.

    2008-01-01

    , and data secretaries making current analyses of outcome results feasible. DBCG is run by the Executive Committee consisting of expert members appointed by their respective society. From 1978 the DBCG project gained widely accession from participating units, and since then nearly all newly diagnosed breast...... treatment programmes including in situ lesions and primary invasive breast cancer. Probands are subdivided into risk groups based on a given risk pattern and allocated to various treatment programmes accordingly. The scientific initiatives are conducted in the form of register- and cohort analysis...... or randomized trials in national or international protocolized settings. Yearly, about 4 000 new incident cases of primary invasive breast cancer and about 200 in situ lesions enter the national programmes. Further, about 600 women with hereditary disposition of breast cancer are registered and evaluated...

  11. Who are lonely? Loneliness in different age groups (18-81 years old), using two measures of loneliness.

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    Nicolaisen, Magnhild; Thorsen, Kirsten

    2014-01-01

    This study asks if the prevalence of loneliness in the population varies depending on the measures used, with special focus on loneliness among the elderly. The study compares loneliness in different age groups between 18 and 81 years old (N = 14,743) using two measures of loneliness: the (indirect) six-item De Jong Gierveld Loneliness Scale and a single-item, direct question about loneliness. Data are from the Norwegian LOGG (Life Course, Generation, and Gender) study. We compare the findings on loneliness according to age, gender, health, and partner status. Overall, the two loneliness measures indicate a similar prevalence of loneliness, but attribute loneliness to somewhat different people. When using a direct measure, loneliness is more prevalent among women; when using the (indirect) De Jong Gierveld Scale, loneliness is more prevalent among men. Also, the association between age and loneliness differed when using the direct and the indirect measure.

  12. [Usefulness of group work as a teaching strategy for long-term practical training in the 6-year pharmaceutical education].

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    Kubo, Kazuko; Okazaki, Hiromi; Ichikawa, Hiroki; Nishihara, Shigeki; Nawa, Hideki; Okazaki, Masatoshi; Kawasaki, Yoichi; Nakura, Hironori; Matsunaga, Hisashi; Sendo, Toshiaki

    2012-01-01

    At the initiation of long-term practical training in the 6-year pharmaceutical education, there are many issues to be solved. For example, it is necessary for teaching pharmacists, who are in charge of both staffing and teaching pharmacy students, to manage their workload with other staff pharmacists. To overcome this situation and to improve the motivation of teaching pharmacists towards student practical training, we twice held group work (GW) sessions for teaching pharmacists, and then evaluated whether such training was effective for their understanding of the Model Core Curriculum for Practical Training and for promoting a higher level of motivation. During the two-day GW discussions, teaching pharmacists, who work daily in the dispensing area, were separated into two groups to discuss teaching skills. A questionnaire survey was completed by participants before and after each GW session. According to the survey, more than 90% of the pharmacists had a higher motivation level for practical training after the sessions. Particularly in the second GW training, the response rate of "being actively involved" improved from 40% to 70%. Furthermore, "The Educational Evaluation Testing" was conducted, which confirmed the increased participant comprehension. The median scores of the comprehensive exams significantly (pteaching pharmacists involved in the practical training of students. We hope that this exercise will lead to higher student motivation and satisfaction during their practical training.

  13. Correlation of Mandible Length and Dental Cacilfication Stages on the Deutero Malay Group Aged 8-16 Years

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    Full Text Available Evaluation of individual maturity status takes an important role in selecting of the orthodontic treatment plans, especially for the growing age patient. This is mostly related to use of functional appliances and surgical approaches in some cases of skeletal discrepancy. Previous researches hae demonstrated the significant correlation between the mandible length and the cervical vertebrae maturation in Deutero-Malay group. The significant correlation between the cervical vertebrae and middle phalanx maturity, and the dental calcification within the Deutero-Malay group has been proven. Objective: To confirm the correlation between the mandible length and the dental calcification. Methods: This was an observational research with a cross-sectional design, done on 160 Deutero-Malay subjects, aged 8-16 years. The length of mandible was measured from Condylion to Gnathion, and the dental calcification was evaluated by Demirijan method. Results: of Spearman nonparametric correlation test indicated the significant correlation between the mandible length and canine calcification (r=0.713, the second premolar (r=0.753, and the second molar (r=0.772. The result of Multiple Classification Analysis showed that the highest correlation to the mandible length was the second molar calcification (ß=0.495.DOI: 10.14693/jdi.v17i1.107

  14. An ongoing six-year innovative osteoporosis disease management program: challenges and success in an IPA physician group environment.

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    Woo, Ann; Hittell, Jodi; Beardsley, Carrie; Noh, Charles; Stoukides, Cheryl A; Kaul, Alan F

    2004-01-01

    The goal of this ongoing comprehensive osteoporosis disease management initiative is to provide the adult primary care physicians' (PCPs) offices with a program enabling them to systematically identify and manage their population for osteoporosis. For over six years, Hill Physicians Medical Group (Hill Physicians) has implemented multiple strategies to develop a best practice for identifying and treating members who were candidates for osteoporosis therapy. Numerous tools were used to support this disease management effort, including: evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, patient education sessions, the Simple Calculated Osteoporosis Risk Estimation (SCORE) questionnaire tool, member specific reports for PCPs, targeted member mailings, office-based Peripheral Instantaneous X-ray Imaging (PIXI) test and counseling, dual x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan guidelines, and web-based Electronic Simple Calculated Osteoporosis Risk Estimation (eSCORE) questionnaire tools. Hill Physicians tabulated results for patients who completed 2649 SCORE tests, screened 978 patients with PIXI tests, and identified 338 osteopenic and 124 osteoporotic patients. The preliminary results of this unique six-year ongoing educational initiative are slow but promising. New physician offices express interest in participating and those offices that have participated in the program continue to screen for osteoporosis. Hill Physicians' message is consistent and is communicated to the physicians repeatedly in different ways in accordance with the principles of educational outreach. Physicians who have conducted the program have positive feedback from their patients and office staff and have begun to communicate their experience to their peers.

  15. A new, high energy Sn-C/Li[Li(0.2)Ni(0.4)/3Co(0.4)/3Mn(1.6/3)]O2 lithium-ion battery.

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    Elia, Giuseppe Antonio; Wang, Jun; Bresser, Dominic; Li, Jie; Scrosati, Bruno; Passerini, Stefano; Hassoun, Jusef

    2014-08-13

    In this paper we report a new, high performance lithium-ion battery comprising a nanostructured Sn-C anode and Li[Li0.2Ni0.4/3Co0.4/3Mn1.6/3]O2 (lithium-rich) cathode. This battery shows highly promising long-term cycling stability for up to 500 cycles, excellent rate capability, and a practical energy density, which is expected to be as high as 220 Wh kg(-1) at the packaged cell level. Considering the overall performance of this new chemistry basically related to the optimized structure, morphology, and composition of the utilized active materials as demonstrated by XRD, TEM, and SEM, respectively, the system studied herein is proposed as a suitable candidate for application in the lithium-ion battery field.

  16. Optical, ferroelectric and magnetic properties of multiferroelectric BiFeO3-(K0.5Na0.5)0.4(Sr 0.6Ba0.4)0.8Nb2O6 thin films

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    Yao, Yingbang

    2014-02-01

    Multiferroic BiFeO3-(K0.5Na0.5) 0.4(Sr0.6Ba0.4)0.8Nb 2O6 (BFO-KNSBN) trilayer thin films, were epitaxially grown on MgO(0 0 1) and SrTiO3(0 0 1) by using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Their ferroelectric, magnetic, dielectric and optical properties were investigated. It was found that both ferroelectric polarization and dielectric constant of the films were enhanced by introducing KNSBN as a barrier layer. Meanwhile, ferromagnetism of BFO was maintained. More interestingly, a double hysteresis magnetic loop was observed in the KNSBN-BFO-KNSBN trilayer films, where exchange bias and secondary phase in the BFO layer played crucial roles. Interactions between adjacent layers were revealed by temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopic measurements. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. One-Year Follow-Up of the Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy for Patients’ Depression: A Randomized, Single-Blinded, Controlled Study

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    Kai-Jo Chiang; Tsai-Hui Chen; Hsiu-Tsu Hsieh; Jui-Chen Tsai; Keng-Liang Ou; Kuei-Ru Chou

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate the long-term (one year) effectiveness of a 12-session weekly cognitive behavior group therapy (CBGT) on patients with depression. This was a single-blind randomized controlled study with a 2-arm parallel group design. Eighty-one subjects were randomly assigned to 12 sessions intervention group (CBGT) or control group (usual outpatient psychiatric care group) and 62 completed the study. The primary outcome was depression measured with Beck Depression In...

  18. SYNTHESIS OF NEW BIOBATE CRYSTAL Ba2.6Na0.4Cu0.2Nb4.8O15

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    2000-01-01

    New niobate crystal Ba2.6Na0.4Cu0.2Nb4.8O15 was synthesized in BaO-Na2O-CuO-Nb2O5 system.Its morphology,optical properties,melting point and chemical stability were studied.X-ray power diffraction study determined that this compound is orthorhombic tungsten bronze structure with space group Cmm2 and lattice parameters a=17.692(2),b=17.684(2),c=3.998(2).The new compound may be one kind of photorefractive crystals.

  19. Effect of calcium-deficiency upon physical properties of La0.6Ca0.4MnO3

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    Walha, I.; Cheikh-Rouhou, A.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.

    2006-09-01

    Structural and magnetic properties of the calcium-defect La0.6Ca0.4-xxMnO3 (0 x 0.2) perovskite manganites have been investigated. Our powder samples have been prepared by the conventional solid state reaction technique at high temperature. Rietveld analysis show that all our synthesized samples crystallize in the orthorhombic perovskite structure with Pnma space group. The Mn atom is coordinated by six oxygen atoms forming an irregular octahedron. With decreasing Ca content the unit cell volume increases. Magnetic measurements as a function of temperature show that all our samples exhibit a paramagnetic-ferromagnetic transition with decreasing temperature.

  20. A Decade of Improvements for Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells. Long-Term Degradation Rate from 40%/Kh to 0.4 % Kh

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    Hauch, Anne; Brodersen, Karen; Chen, Ming;

    2016-01-01

    Solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) have the potential for efficient large-scale conversion from electrical energy to chemical energy stored in fuels, such as hydrogen or synthetic hydrocarbon fuels by use of well-known catalysis processes. Key issues for the break-through of this technology...... level being improved from 40 %/kh to 0.4 %/kh for tests at -1 A/cm2 (figure 1). In this paper, we review the key findings and highlight different performance and durability limiting factors that have been discovered, analyzed and addressed over the years to reach the tremendous increase in long...

  1. Surface Nb-ALLOYING on 0.4C-13Cr Stainless Steel: Microstructure and Tribological Behavior

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    Yu, Shengwang; You, Kai; Liu, Xiaozhen; Zhang, Yihui; Wang, Zhenxia; Liu, Xiaoping

    2016-02-01

    0.4C-13Cr stainless steel was alloyed with niobium using double glow plasma surface alloying and tribological properties of Nb-alloyed steel such as hardness, friction and wear were measured. Effects of the alloying temperature on microstructure and the tribological behavior of the alloyed steel were investigated compared with untreated steel. Formation mechanisms of Nb-alloyed layers and increased wear resistance were also studied. The result shows that after surface Nb-alloying treatment, the 0.4C-13Cr steel exhibits a diffusion adhesion at the alloyed layer/substrate interface and improved tribological property. The friction coefficient of Nb-alloyed steel is decreased by about 0.3-0.45 and the wear rate after Nb-alloying is only 2-5% of untreated steel.

  2. Conductivity of NaCl solution at 0.4-5.0 GPa and 25-500℃

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    徐有生; 谢鸿森; 郭捷; 郑海飞; 张月明; 宋茂双

    1997-01-01

    NaCl-H2O is the most fundamental ternary system in geology. Until now, the measurements of electrical conductivity of NaCl solutions are still little at high pressures ( >0. 5 GPa). We measured the conductivity of 0.01 m NaCl solution at 0.4-5.0 GPa and 25-500℃. The results are consistent with that of Quist and Marshall (1968) at 0.4 GPa. The conductivity of NaCl solution increases with increasing temperature. The results also show that the conductivity of NaCl solution changes little with increasing pressure below 1.5 GPa and changes rapidly with increasing pressure above 1. 5 GPa. The rapid increase of the conductivity of NaCl solution may play an important role in many geological processes (such as the genesis of ore deposits under hydrothermal condition) and other fields.

  3. Thermoelectric properties of quaternary Mg2Sn0.4Si0.6-xGex alloys

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    Hao Yin; Xin-Bing Zhao; Qian Zhang; Tie-Jun Zhu

    2009-01-01

    Quaternary alloys Mg_2Sn_(0.4)Si_(0.6-x)Ge_x (x=0, 0.02, 0.05, 0.08 0.1, and 0.2) were prepared using induction melting followed by hot-pressing. Relative densities of the sintered samples were over 97% of the theoretical values. Multiple phases were dctected in the samples. It was found that the Seebeck coefficient was sensitive to the content of Mg_2Ge and a maximum value of about 350 μV.K~(-1) was obtained. The introduction of Ge increases the electrical conductivity and the thermal conductivity simultaneously. The mechanism of this phenomenon was discussed. A maximum dimensionless figure of merit, ZT, of about 0.28 was obtained for Mg_2Sn_(0.4)Si_(0.55)Ge_(0.05) at 550 K.

  4. Characterization of Nanocrystallizatin Surface Layer of 0.4C-1Cr Low Alloy Steel Prepared by Ultrasonic Particulate Peening

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    ZHANG Jun-bao; LIU Yu-liang; ZHAO Xin-qi; WU Jie; SONG Hong-wei; XIONG Tian-ying

    2004-01-01

    A nanostructured surface layer was fabricated in a quenched and tempered 0.4C-1Cr low alloy steel by ultrasonic particulate peening technique. The microstructure of the nanocrystalline surface layer was characterized by means of TEM and Mossbauer spectroscopy. Experimental results reveal that both cementite and ferrite nanocrystals with an average size of 5 nm were formed in the surface layer of the steel, phase transformation of austenite and dissolution of cementite maybe occur in the process of ultrasonic particulate peening.

  5. Characterization of Nanocrystallizatin Surface Layer of 0.4C-1Cr Low Alloy Steel Prepared by Ultrasonic Particulate Peening

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    ZHANGJun-bao; LIUYu-liang; ZHAOXin-qi; WUJie; SONGHong-wei; XIONGTian-ying

    2004-01-01

    A nanostructured surface layer was fabricated in a quenched and tempered 0.4C-ICr low alloy steel by ultrasonic particulate peening technique. The microstructure of the nanocrystalline surface layer was characterized by means of TEM and Moessbauer spectroscopy. Experimental results reveal that both cementite and ferrite nanocrystals with an average size of 5 nm were formed in the surface layer of the steel, phase transformation of austenite and dissolution of cementite maybe occur in the process of ultrasonic particulate peening.

  6. Charged particle production ratios at the CERN ISR for a transverse momentum of 0.4 GeV/c

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    Bertin, A; Capiluppi, P; D'Agostino-Bruno, M; Ellis, R J; Giacomelli, G; Poe, R T; Rossi, A M; Vannini, G

    1972-01-01

    Experimental results are presented on the production ratios of charged particles in inclusive reactions at ISR energies. The data have been taken at a fixed transverse momentum of 0.4 GeV/c. At ISR energies and for 0.1

  7. Agreement between grating acuity at age 1 year and Snellen acuity at age 5.5 years in the preterm child. Cryotherapy for Retinopathy of Prematurity Cooperative Group.

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    Dobson, V; Quinn, G E; Siatkowski, R M; Baker, J D; Hardy, R J; Reynolds, J D; Trese, M T; Tung, B

    1999-02-01

    To examine the relation between grating acuity at age 1 year and Snellen acuity and grating acuity at 5.5 years, in preterm children with birth weights less than 1251 g. Subjects were participants in the multicenter study of Cryotherapy for Retinopathy of Prematurity. The Teller acuity card (TAC; Vistech Consultants, Dayton, OH) procedure was used to measure monocular grating acuity in children at ages 1 and 5.5 years. Early-treatment diabetic retinopathy study (ETDRS) charts were used to measure the childrens' monocular recognition (Snellen) acuity at age 5.5 years. Data are presented for 575 eyes with measurable TAC grating acuity at 1 year and 111 eyes that had no measurable acuity at 1 year. Among eyes with normal acuity at 1 year, 86.8% showed normal Snellen acuity, and 94.3% showed normal grating acuity at 5.5 years. Among eyes that were blind (i.e., had no measurable TAC grating acuity) at 1 year, 96.8% showed no quantifiable Snellen acuity, and 89.2% showed no quantifiable grating acuity at 5.5 years. Only 2.4% of eyes had acuity in the range between normal and blind at 1 year (i.e., measurable grating acuity Snellen and grating acuity at age 5.5 years, and eyes that had no quantifiable acuity at 1 year remained blind at 5.5 years. Relative position of an eye's acuity score within the normal range was not predictive of the relative position of that eye's later acuity score.

  8. [Influence of family environment and social group on smoking among Brazilian youth aged 15 to 24 years].

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    Abreu, Mery Natali Silva; Caiaffa, Waleska Teixeira

    2011-07-01

    To estimate the prevalence of smoking among Brazilian youth, examining individual, family, and social group factors associated with this habit. Data from youth aged 15 to 24 years living in 17 Brazilian state capitals and the Federal District, obtained from the Household Survey on Risk Factors for Chronic Diseases and Reported Morbidity carried out in 2002 and 2003 by the National Cancer Institute was analyzed. Individual variables (sex, age, schooling, alcohol consumption, self-rated health, physical activity, current school attendance), family variables (age and education of head of household and father, mother, or sibling smoking), and social group variables (best friend smoking, most friends smoking, boyfriend/girlfriend smoking) were analyzed. Generalized estimating equations (GEE) approach to evaluate the factors associated with smoking were used. Considering the effect of the sampling design, smoking prevalence was 12.8%, ranging from 6.8% in Aracaju to 24.1% in Porto Alegre. The following factors were predictors of smoking: male sex, older age, less schooling, not attending school at the time of the survey, poorer health perception, and alcohol consumption. Peer smoking (friends or boyfriend/girlfriend) and smoking among family members (father/mother or sibling) were associated with smoking. There was an effect of parental birth cohort on smoking, with a higher prevalence of smoking among youth whose parents were born in the 1930s. Individual characteristics and the influence of peers and family were relevant for smoking by the youth. Increasing the dialogue among teenagers, school, schoolmates, friends, and parents could lead to a reduction of substance use among youth.

  9. Dimensionality dependent magnetic and magnetocaloric response of La0.6Ca0.4MnO3 manganite.

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    Anwar, M S; Ahmed, Faheem; Koo, Bon Heun

    2014-11-01

    We report the sol-gel synthesis and impact of reduced dimensionality on the magnetocaloric properties of La0.6Ca0.4MnO3 manganite. The synthesized powders were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and magnetization measurements. The XRD results indicated that the La0.6Ca0.4MnO3 nanoparticles have single phase nature with orthorhombic structure. FE-SEM results suggested that the nanoparticles are agglomerated and crystallite size increases with the annealing temperature. Magnetization measurements show that the La0.6Ca0.4MnO3 nanoparticles exhibit transition temperature (T(c)) below room temperature. The transition temperature was found to increase with the increasing the crystallite size. Maximum in magnetic entropy change, (ΔS(M))(max) shows interesting behaviour and was found to vary with the particle size. At magnetic field of 1 T, the value of (ΔS(M))(max) - 0.13 J/kg K was observed at 213 K for the sample annealed at 600 degrees C. Also, the increment in the value of (ΔS(M))(max) was observed at higher annealing temperature. This study shows that the magnetic entropy of pervoskite manganite can be tuned by tuning the crystallite size of the manganites.

  10. Au@Co0.4S core-shell nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization and evaluation of photocatalytic activity

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    Warjri, Wandibahun; Negi, Devendra P. S.

    2016-09-01

    In the present work, Au@Co0.4S core-shell nanoparticles were synthesized and characterized by energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared core-shell nanoparticles was evaluated by studying the degradation of methyl orange (MO) spectrophotometerically under visible light irradiation. Under optimum experimental conditions, 68.9% of the dye was degraded during 50 min of irradiation. Control experiments showed negligible degradation of MO in the absence of the photocatalyst under visible light irradiation. A good correlation was obtained between the concentration of the dye adsorbed on the surface of the Au@Co0.4S core-shell nanoparticles and its degradation efficiency. The as-prepared nanoparticles showed good recyclability for the degradation of MO. The mechanistic studies suggested that the valence band holes of the Co0.4S nanoparticles were scavenged by the MO molecules resulting in the degradation of the dye.

  11. Toluene Combustion over Pd-Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 Directly Washcoated Monolithic Catalysts

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    2007-01-01

    A Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 washcoat was prepared using an impregnation method, which acted as a host for the active Pd component to prepare a Pd-Ce0.4Zr0.6O2/substrate monolithic catalyst for toluene combustion.The catalyst was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy, Brunauner-Emmett-Teller (BET), and carbon monoxide temperature-programmed reduction (CO-TPR).It was found that the washcoat had strong vibration-shock resistance according to an ultrasonic test.The Pd-Ce0.4Zr0.6O2/substrate monolithic catalyst calcined at 400 ℃ showed 95% toluene conversion at a temperature as low as 210 ℃.Furthermore, the lowest temperature for 95% toluene conversion was increased by 40 ℃ after the catalyst calcined at 900 ℃, indicating that the catalyst had good thermal stability.The results revealed that the developed catalyst in this study was promising for eliminating volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

  12. Differentiated thyroid carcinoma in paediatric and adolescent age group: 10-year experience in a university hospital in Saudi Arabia

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    Abdulaziz Abdullah Alsaif

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objective: To describe the clinical presentation, surgical intervention and treatment, complications, tumour histopathology characteristics, follow-up and survival of 23 patients at or below the age of 21 at the time of diagnosis of differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC diagnosis. Materials and Methods: A retrospective medical chart review of 23 patients diagnosed with DTC and treated in our institute from January 2003 to December 2013 was done. Pertinent data were collected regarding clinical presentation, workups, surgical intervention and treatment, postoperative complications, histopathology, follow-up events and survival. Results: The median age at diagnosis was 17 years. 15 patients (65.2% had papillary carcinoma and 7 patients (30.4% had papillary carcinoma with follicular variant. Multifocality and extrathyroidal extension were found in 11 (47.8% and 6 (26.1% patients respectively. 21 patients underwent total thyroidectomy with neck dissection and were subjected to thyroid ablation with radioactive iodine (radioiodine and thyroid stimulation hormone (TSH-suppressant thyroxine replacement therapy. Median follow-up was 6.6 years. Recurrence occurred in 1 patient. No significant postoperative complications were observed. Conclusion: Appropriate investigations should be carried out to exclude thyroid cancer in children and adolescents presenting with a neck mass. Total thyroidectomy with appropriate cervical lymph node dissection, followed by radioiodine ablation therapy and TSH-suppressant thyroxine replacement therapy is the recommended option to manage children and adolescents with DTC. Neck examination should be part of the routine clinical examination in the paediatric and adolescent age group. A local elaborate genetic database for this disease is essential and may help compare its behaviour with that seen in other populations.

  13. Seven-year surveillance of emm types of pediatric Group A streptococcal pharyngitis isolates in Western Greece.

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    George A Syrogiannopoulos

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: An experimental 26-valent M protein Group A streptococcal (GAS vaccine has entered clinical studies. Pharyngeal GAS emm type surveillances in different areas and time-periods enhance the understanding of the epidemiology of GAS pharyngitis. Moreover, these surveillances, combined with the data on GAS invasive disease, can play a significant role in the formulation of multivalent type-specific vaccines. METHODS: During a 7-year period (1999-2005, 2408 GAS isolates were recovered from consecutive children with pharyngitis in Western Greece. The overall macrolide resistance rate was 22.8%. Along the study period we noted a tendency towards significantly decreased rates of resistance, with the lowest rates occurring in 2002 (15.3%, 2003 (15% and 2004 (16.7%. A random sample of isolates from each year, 338 (61.7% of the 548 macrolide-resistant and 205 (11% of the macrolide-susceptible, underwent molecular analysis, including emm typing. RESULTS: The 543 typed isolates had 28 different emm types. A statistically significant association was found between macrolide resistance and emm4, emm22 and emm77, whereas emm1, emm3, emm6, emm12, emm87 and emm89 were associated with macrolide susceptibility. A significant yearly fluctuation was observed in emm4, emm28 and emm77. The most common macrolide-resistant GAS were emm77 isolates harboring erm(A, either alone or in combination with mef(A, emm4 carrying mef(A, emm28 possessing erm(B, emm75 carrying mef(A, emm12 harboring mef(A and emm22 carrying erm(A. We estimated that 82.8% of the isolates belonged to emm types included in the novel 26-valent M protein vaccine. The vaccine coverage rate was determined mainly by the increased frequency of nonvaccine emm4 isolates. CONCLUSIONS: A limited number of emm types dominated among macrolide-susceptible and macrolide-resistant GAS isolates. We observed seasonal fluctuations, which were significant for emm4, emm28 and emm77. This type of data can serve as

  14. Use of the gamma radiation, in a dose of 0,4 kGy, on the storage temperature reduction of the banana nanica;Utilizacao da radiacao gama, na dose de 0,4kGy, na reducao da temperatura de armazenamento da banana nanica

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    Manoel, Luciana, E-mail: luciana_manoel@yahoo.com.b [Universidade Estadual Paulisa (UNESP), Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Ciencias Agronomicas. Programa de Pos-graduacao em Energia na Agricultura; Vieites, Rogerio Lopes, E-mail: vieites@fca.unesp.b [Universidade Estadual Paulisa (UNESP), Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Ciencias Agronomicas. Dept. de Gestao e Tecnologia Agroindustrial

    2009-07-01

    The aim was to evaluate the use of gamma radiation, in a dose of 0,4 kGy, on the storage temperature reduction of the banana 'Nanica'. The bananas 'Nanica' were harvested in the Arm Taperao, Brotas (SP) town, and sent to CBE (Companhia Brasileira de Esterilizacao-Cotia-SP) for irradiation and constitution of the following treatments: T1 (fruits irradiated at 0,4 kGy and stored at 16 +-1 deg C); T2 (fruits irradiated at 0,4 kGy and stored at 14 +-1 deg C); T3 (fruit irradiated ata 0,4 kGy and stored at 12+-1 deg C); T4 (fruits non-irradiated and stored at 16+-1 deg C); T5 (fruits non-irradiated and stored at 14+-1 deg C) and T6 (fruits non-irradiated and stored at 12+-1 deg C). The fruits were stored in B.O.Ds. of the Agroindustrial Management and Technology Department, with a relative humidity of 80+-5%. The experiment was divided in two groups: control group (post harvest conservation and disease incidence) and parcel group (soluble solids and pulp/peel). The analyses were performed in intervals of five days during a period of 25 days. The experimental design employed was completely randomized (DIC) by applying a factor of 2 x 3 x 6 (irradiation x temperature x time). The Tukey test with 5% of probability was used for comparison between means. The storage temperature of the bananas 'Nanica' was not reduce by irradiation. (author)

  15. Effect of the colloids gelatin and HES 130/0.4 on blood coagulation in cardiac surgery patients: a randomized controlled trial.

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    Kimenai, D M; Bastianen, G W; Daane, C R; Megens-Bastiaanse, C M; van der Meer, N J M; Scohy, T V; Gerritse, B M

    2013-11-01

    The choice of the prime solution for cardiopulmonary bypass can play an important role in limiting the effect on blood coagulation, but it is still unclear what the effect of colloids on blood coagulation is. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of synthetic colloids on blood loss and blood coagulation in patients after on-pump coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures. Sixty elective, on-pump CABG patients were randomly assigned to receive the prime solutions lactated Ringer's solution combined with hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 (HES, 6% Volulyte, Fresenius Kabi Nederland BV, Zeist, the Netherlands) (HES group) or gelatin (Gelofusin(®), B Braun Melsung AG, Melsungen, Germany) (Gelo group). Blood loss was assessed using post-operative chest tube output; secondary endpoints were number of blood component transfusions, routine coagulation test values and rotation thromboelastometry values (Rotem(®) delta, Pentapharm GmbH, Munich, Germany). Total post-operative chest tube output was 500 ± 420 ml in the HES group versus 465 ± 390 ml in the Gelo group (p = 0.48). No significant differences were observed in any of the routine coagulation tests values, thromboelastometry parameters or number of blood component transfusions between the groups. In this randomized, controlled trial of adults after on-pump CABG procedures, there was no significant difference in blood loss or blood coagulation between the HES group and the Gelo group.

  16. Field Trials of 0.4% Chlorantraniliprole Granules against Rice Striped Stem Borer%0.4%氯虫甲酰胺颗粒剂防治水稻二化螟田间药效试验

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    陈琳; 王芳; 梁建平; 张敬军; 刘大禧

    2012-01-01

    A field experiment was conducted to determine the efficiency of 0.4% chlorantraniliprole granules to control rice striped stem borer. The result showed that the control efficiency was high when using 600 g, 700 g, 800 g/667m^2 of 0.4% chlorantraniliprole granules. Using the insecticide 10 days before the peak occurrence of the second instar larvae of rice stem borer, the control efficiency 21 days, 30 days and 40 days after application was 86.18%-100%, 84.62%-96.41%, and 82.28%-92.86%, respectively. And the spraying of 700-800 g/667m^2 resulted in the best efficiency, in which both the speed and the lasting time were far better than the control insecticides. Well-distributed spraying the insecticides 10 kg mixed fine soil grains per 667 m^2 before the peak incidence of the second instars of rice stem borer was the best option in extension.%通过田间试验研究0.4%氯虫苯甲酰胺颗粒剂及其不同剂量对水稻二化螟的防治效果。结果表明:0.4%氯虫苯甲酰胺颗粒剂在防治期内施用600 g/667m^2、700 g/667m^2、800 g/667m^2防治二化螟均具有较好防治效果。于水稻二化螟2龄盛发期前10 d施药,药后21 d防治效果为86.18%-100%、药后30 d防治效果为84.62%-96.41%、药后40 d防治效果为82.28%-92.86%,持效期达40 d。其中700-800 g/667m^2药剂效果最佳,速效性高、持效期长,明显优于对照药剂。生产上推广使用时,以水稻二化螟2龄盛发期前10 d按剂量每667 m^2拌细土10 kg均匀撒施最好。

  17. Weight Loss Maintenance for 2 Years after a 6-Month Randomised Controlled Trial Comparing Education-Only and Group-Based Support in Japanese Adults

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    Yoshio Nakata

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Our previous study, a 6-month randomised controlled trial, demonstrated that a group-based support promoted weight loss as compared to an education-only intervention. The purpose of this study was to examine weight loss maintenance for 2 years. Methods: Originally, 188 overweight Japanese adults, aged 40-65 years, were randomly assigned to 3 groups: control, education-only or group-based support. After the 6-month intervention, 125 participants in the education-only and the group-based support groups were followed up for 2 years. The primary outcome was the amount of weight lost. The participants were retrospectively grouped into quartiles of percent weight loss for secondary analyses. Results: At the end of follow-up, the amount of weight lost in the education-only and the group-based support groups was the same (3.3 kg. Secondary analyses using data of those who completed the study (n = 100 revealed that the participants in the highest quartile of percent weight loss significantly increased their step counts and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity compared with the lowest quartile. No significant differences were observed in the energy intake among the four groups. Conclusion: The effects of group-based support disappear within 2 years. Increasing physical activity may be a crucial factor for successful maintenance of weight loss.

  18. A high temperature study on thermodynamic, thermal expansion and electrical properties of BaCe0.4Zr0.4Y0.2O3-δ proton conductor

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    Basbus, J. F.; Arce, M. D.; Prado, F. D.; Caneiro, A.; Mogni, L. V.

    2016-10-01

    BaCe0.4Zr0.4Y0.2O3-δ (BCZY) was synthesized by solid state reaction, calcined and sintered at 1600 °C for 12 h. Crystal structure was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Morphology and porosity were determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Crystalline structure, oxygen non-stoichiometry, linear expansion and electrical conductivity were characterized under oxidizing and reducing atmosphere by high temperature X-ray diffraction (HT-XRD), thermogravimetry (TG), dilatometry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), respectively. Chemical stability under CO2-rich atmosphere was evaluated by TG. BCZY electrical conductivity was studied by EIS under O2-containing atmosphere with water vapor (2% H2O) and heavy water vapor (2% D2O) in order to evaluate protonic conductivity. Throughout these techniques, interstitial proton incorporation/loss was observed under oxidizing and reducing atmosphere, between 300 and 500 °C. The conductivity presents two contributions. The bulk conductivity at high frequencies takes the same value regardless wet oxidizing or reducing atmosphere, decreasing its value in presence of D2O vapor supporting H-conductivity. On the other hand, the grain boundary conductivity was strongly dependent on the nature of wet atmosphere.

  19. Effect of sintering temperature on the structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of Ni0.4Zn0.2Mn0.4Fe2O4 potential for radar absorbing

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    Praveena, K.; Sadhana, K.; Matteppanavar, S.; Liu, Hsiang-Lin

    2017-02-01

    Ni0.4Zn0.2Mn0.4Fe2O4 nanopowders were prepared by sol-gel auto-combustion method, densified at different temperatures 400-700 °C/4 h using conventional sintering method. The grain sizes of all the samples vary between 18 nm and 30 nm. The hysteresis loops show high saturation magnetization and low coercivity, indicating magnetically soft behaviour of the material. The real and imaginary parts of permittivity is almost constant upto 1 GHz and increases with further increase of frequency. The permeability is ruled by Snoek's law, the values of μ‧ increases with increase of temperature and the resonance frequency increases with an increase of temperature. The reflection coefficient is however increasing with sintering temperature and the maximum loss is observed in the range of 100 MHz-1 GHz. Sample sintered at 700 °C has shown maximum reflection loss and this loss occurs due to absorption, destructive interference and multiple internal reflections in the sample. Quality factor is constant upto 380 MHz and increases with frequency for all the samples sintered at different temperatures. The TC for all the samples is above 230 °C. The room temperature EPR spectra confirm the oxidation state of Fe3+. The g-factor is in the range of 2.

  20. Introduction to a Small 10/0.4 kV Substation User Operation Maintenance and Management%浅谈小型10/0.4kV用户变电所的运行维护管理

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    周瑞海

    2015-01-01

    Based on personal working experience, combined with the institute of 10/0.4 kV substation operation management, from the organization and management, prevention and maintenance, accident treatment and safe appliance and special improvement, etc are summarized, the simplified small customer substation management measures are put forward, at the same time, made clear the key to guarantee the safe operation of the substation must control management project and the corresponding requirements.%文章根据个人工作经历,结合研究所10/0.4kV变电所运行管理,从组织管理、预防及维护、事故处理及安全用具及特殊改进等方面进行了总结,提出了简化小型用户变电所的管理措施,同时明确了保证变电所安全运行必须控制的关键管理项目及相应要求。

  1. Enhanced temperature-independent magnetoresistance below the metal–insulator transition temperature of epitaxial La0.2Nd0.4Ca0.4MnO3 thin films

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    Darshan C Kundaliya; A A Tulapurkar; J John; R Pinto; R G Kulkarni

    2002-05-01

    Epitaxial La0.2Nd0.4Ca0.4MnO3 thin films have been deposited at 800°C on LaAlO3 substrate using pulsed laser deposition technique. The structural and magnetotransport properties of the films have been studied. The sharp peak in the temperature dependence of the resistance corresponding to metal-to-insulator transition (p) has been observed at a temperature of p =82 K, 97 K and 110 K for 0 Oe, 20 kOe and 40 kOe magnetic fields, respectively. The film exhibits a large nearly temperature-independent magnetoresistance around 99% in the temperature regime below p. The zero field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) magnetization data at 50 Oe shows irreversibility between the ZFC and FC close to the ferromagnetic transition temperature c = 250 K. The ZFC temperature data of the film displays ferromagnetic behavior for higher temperature regime c =250 K > T > p = 82 K, and a decrease in magnetization with decreasing temperature up to 5 K below 82 K exhibiting a sort of antiferromagnetic behavior in the low temperature regime ( < 82 K= p = N).

  2. A SUBCHRONIC INHALATION STUDY OF FISCHER 344 RATS EXPOSED TO 0, 0.4, 1.4 OR 4.0 PPM ACROLEIN.

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    KUTZMAN,R.S.

    1981-10-01

    Fischer 344 rats were exposed to 0.0, 0.4, 1.4, or 4.0 ppm acrolein for 62 days. The major objective of the study was to relate the results of a series of pulmonary function tests to biochemical and pathological alterations observed in the lung. Cytological and reproductive potential endpoints were also assessed after acrolein exposure. Rats were exposed to acrolein for 6 hours/day, 5 days/week for 62 days. Mortality was observed only in the 4.0 ppm chamber where 32 of 57 exposed males died; however, none of the 8 exposed females died. Most of the mortality occurred within the first 10 exposure days. Histologic examination indicated that the animals died of acute bronchopneumonia. The surviving males and females exposed to 4.0 ppm acrolein gained weight at a significantly slower rate than control animals. The growth of both sexes in the 0.4 and 1.4 ppm groups was similar to that of their respective controls. Histopathologic examination of animals after 62 days of exposure revealed bronchiolar epithelial necrosis and sloughing, bronchiolar edema with macrophages, and focal pulmonary edema in the 4.0 ppm group. These lesions were, in some cases, associated with edema of the trachea and peribronchial lymph nodes, and acute rhinitis which indicated an upper respiratory tract effect of acrolein. Of particular interest was the variability of response between rats in the 4.0 ppm group, some not affected at all while others were moderately affected. Intragroup variability in toxicity was also apparent in the 1.4 ppm exposure group where only 3 of 31 animals examined had lesions directly related to acrolein exposure. Extra respiratory organs appeared unaffected.

  3. PREVALENCE OF PAEDIATRIC DERMATOSES IN THE AGE GROUP OF 5-14 YEARS AT A TERTIARY CARE CENTER IN SALEM

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    Prasanna Kanniah Baskara

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Skin diseases in pediatric age group are common all over the world. Pediatric dermatoses require separate view from adult dermatoses as there are differences in their clinical presentation and treatment. OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to determine the prevalence of pediatric dermatoses attending our tertiary care center. MATERIALS AND METHODS This was a cross-sectional study conducted in 100 consecutive children with dermatoses between 5-14 years of age attending dermatology outpatient department at Vinayaka Missions Kirupananda Variyar medical college, Salem. The study was conducted over a period of 6 months from February 2016 to August 2016. Demographic parameters, detailed history, clinical features and diagnosis were recorded and analyzed. RESULTS In our short term study, we examined 100 pediatric cases with 106 dermatoses. The incidence of infections and infestations (43.39% was more prevalent in our study. The most common non-infectious dermatoses in our study was insect bite reactions (17.9%. Dermatitis and eczema (9.39%, disorders of sweat and sebaceous glands (6.6%, pigmentary disorders (5.66%, disorders of hair and nails (3.77%, genetic disorders (2.88%, immune and allergic disorders (2.8%, psoriasis (2.8%, nutritional disorders (0.9%, Polymorphic light eruption (0.9%, pearly penile papule (0.9%, aphthous ulcer (0.9% and pityriasis rosea (0.9% were the other dermatoses seen in the study.CONCLUSION Fungal infections (tinea versicolor and tinea corporis, scabies and insect bite reactions were the common dermatoses observed in our study. Most of the pediatric patients attending our hospital came from rural areas belonging to low socioeconomic strata. Health education, proper sanitation and improved nutrition will help to reduce the incidence of pediatric dermatoses.

  4. Fluvial deposits as an archive of early human activity: Progress during the 20 years of the Fluvial Archives Group

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    Chauhan, Parth R.; Bridgland, David R.; Moncel, Marie-Hélène; Antoine, Pierre; Bahain, Jean-Jacques; Briant, Rebecca; Cunha, Pedro P.; Despriée, Jackie; Limondin-Lozouet, Nicole; Locht, Jean-Luc; Martins, Antonio A.; Schreve, Danielle C.; Shaw, Andrew D.; Voinchet, Pierre; Westaway, Rob; White, Mark J.; White, Tom S.

    2017-06-01

    Fluvial sedimentary archives are important repositories for Lower and Middle Palaeolithic artefacts throughout the 'Old World', especially in Europe, where the beginning of their study coincided with the realisation that early humans were of great antiquity. Now that many river terrace sequences can be reliably dated and correlated with the globally valid marine isotope record, potentially useful patterns can be recognized in the distribution of the find-spots of the artefacts that constitute the large collections that were assembled during the years of manual gravel extraction. This paper reviews the advances during the past two decades in knowledge of hominin occupation based on artefact occurrences in fluvial contexts, in Europe, Asia and Africa. As such it is an update of a comparable review in 2007, at the end of IGCP Project no. 449, which had instigated the compilation of fluvial records from around the world during 2000-2004, under the auspices of the Fluvial Archives Group. An overarching finding is the confirmation of the well-established view that in Europe there is a demarcation between handaxe making in the west and flake-core industries in the east, although on a wider scale that pattern is undermined by the increased numbers of Lower Palaeolithic bifaces now recognized in East Asia. It is also apparent that, although it seems to have appeared at different places and at different times in the later Lower Palaeolithic, the arrival of Levallois technology as a global phenomenon was similarly timed across the area occupied by Middle Pleistocene hominins, at around 0.3 Ma.

  5. (2,2) and (0,4) Supersymmetric Boundary Conditions in 3d N = 4 Theories and Type IIB Branes

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    Chung, Hee-Joong

    2016-01-01

    The half-BPS boundary conditions preserving N = (2,2) and N = (0,4) supersymmetry in 3d N = 4 supersymmetric gauge theories are examined. The BPS equations admit decomposition of the bulk supermultiplets into specific boundary supermultiplets of preserved supersymmetry. Bogomolony-like equations and Nahm-like equations arise in the vector multiplet BPS boundary conditions and Robin-type boundary conditions appear for the hypermultiplet coupled to vector multiplet. The half-BPS boundary conditions are realized in the brane configurations of Type IIB string theory.

  6. 0.4-1.2 GHz hybrid Al-CFRP open-boundary quad-ridge horn

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    Kim, Oleksiy S.; Pivnenko, Sergey; Breinbjerg, Olav

    2011-01-01

    We present a 0.4-1.2 GHz open-boundary quad-ridge horn to be used as a wide-band probe at the DTU-ESA Spherical Near-Field Antenna Test Facility at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Due to adopted hybrid Al-CFRP fabrication technology, the weight of the probe is reduced by a factor of 2.......3 as compared to the case of the same probe fabricated of solid aluminum. Measured characteristics of the probe as well as its performance with respect to the higher-order probe correction technique are presented and discussed....

  7. Substrate-induced strain effects on Pr_{0.6}Ca_{0.4}MnO_{3} films

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    2003-01-01

    We report the characterization of the crystal structure, low-temperature charge and orbital ordering, transport, and magnetization of Pr_{0.6}Ca_{0.4}MnO_{3} films grown on LaAlO_{3}, NdGaO_{3}, and SrTiO_{3} substrates, which provide compressive (LaAlO_{3}) and tensile (NdGaO_{3} and SrTiO_{3}) strain. The films are observed to exhibit different crystallographic symmetries than the bulk material, and the low-temperature ordering is found to be more robust under compressive-- as opposed to te...

  8. Environmentally benign novel green pigments: Pr1–CaPO4 ( = 0–0.4)

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    V Sivakumar; U V Varadaraju

    2005-06-01

    Rare earth based materials have recently attracted considerable attention as potential eco-friendly colourants for low temperature as well as high temperature applications. In the present study, we have synthesized a series of Ca-doped PrPO4 compounds with the general formula, Pr1–CaPO4 ( = 0–0.4 in steps of 0.1) and characterized the compounds by powder X-ray diffraction. All the compositions show a monoclinic monazite structure. The optical properties of the brilliantly coloured pigments [ (brightness), $a^{\\ast}$ (+ red - green), $b^{\\ast}$ (+ yellow - blue)] have been examined. These materials can find application as potential green colourants.

  9. Interpreting observations of edge-on gravitationally unstable accretion flows. The case of G10.6-0.4

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    Liu, Hauyu Baobab

    2017-01-01

    Context. Gravitational collapse of molecular cloud or cloud core/clump may lead to the formation of geometrically flattened, rotating accretion flow surrounding the new born star or star cluster. Gravitational instability may occur in such accretion flow when the gas to stellar mass ratio is high (e.g., over 10%). Aims: This paper takes the OB cluster-forming region G10.6-0.4 as an example. We introduce the enclosed gas mass around its central ultra compact (UC) Hii region, address the gravitational stability of the accreting gas, and outline the observed potential signatures of gravitational instability. Methods: The dense gas accretion flow around the central UC Hii region in G10.6-0.4 is geometrically flattened, and is in an approximately edge-on projection. The position-velocity (PV) diagrams of various molecular gas tracers on G10.6-0.4 consistently show asymmetry in the spatial- and the velocity domain. We deduce the morphology of the dense gas accretion flow by modeling velocity distribution of the azimuthally asymmetric gas structures, and by directly de-projecting the PV diagrams. Results: We find that within the 0.3 pc radius, an infall velocity of 1-2 km s-1 may be required to explain the observed PV diagrams. In addition, the velocity distribution traced in the PV diagrams can be interpreted by spiral arm-like structures, which may be connected with exterior infalling gas filaments. We propose that the morphology of dense gas structures appears very similar to the spatially resolved gas structures around the OB cluster-forming region G33.92+0.11 with similar gas mass and size, which is likely, however, to be in an approximately face-on projection. Conclusions: The dense gas accretion flow around G10.6-0.4 appears to be Toomre-unstable, which is consistent with the existence of large-scale spiral arm-like structures, and the formation of localized gas condensations. The proposed approaches for data analyses may be applied to the observations of Class 0/I

  10. Isopropyl N-[1′-(methoxycarbonylferrocenyl]carbamate–ethyl N-[1′-(methoxycarbonylferrocenyl]carbamate (0.6/0.4

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    Anas Lataifeh

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Herein we report the crystal structure and synthesis of two cocrystallized complexes, [Fe(C7H7O2(C9H12NO2]0.6[Fe(C7H7O2(C8H10NO2]0.4. The molecules crystallize as layers in the bc plane with van der Waals interactions allowing the alkyl chains to interact and the ferrocene units to form a herringbone pattern up the c axis. Every second layer is linked via N—H...O hydrogen bonding.The two complexes were modelled as disordered in a ratio of 0.60:0.40.

  11. An observation of nanotwin lamellae in Cd 0.6Mn 0.4Te crystal by atomic force microscopy

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    George, M. A.; Azoulay, M.; Collins, W. E.; Burger, A.; Silberman, E.

    1993-05-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is used to examine the structure of freshly cleaved Cd 0.6Mn 0.4Te surfaces. The present report complements previous results obtained with X-ray diffraction and optical microscopy which showed the existence of microtwins. The AFM analysis was performed under ambient conditions and yielded nanometer scale resolution images of single twin lamellae that ranged between 20 and 100 nm in width. This is a first observation using AFM of such a substructure, which we interpret as evidence for the presence of nonotwins.

  12. Second-year visual acuity outcomes of nAMD patients treated with aflibercept: data analysis from the UK Aflibercept Users Group.

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    Almuhtaseb, H; Johnston, R L; Talks, J S; Lotery, A J

    2017-06-16

    PurposeTo audit the visual acuity (VA) outcomes achieved at the end of year two in 17 UK centres, which followed the year 1 VIEW protocol in year 1, but a variable approach in year 2 for aflibercept for neovascular macular degeneration (nAMD).Patients and methodsRetrospective data analysis, from an electronic medical record, of a consecutive series of treatment-naive nAMD patients who received aflibercept for 2 consecutive years, having followed the VIEW protocol in year one, defined as eyes having received 7 or 8 injections from baseline.ResultsThe mean number of intravitreal injections (IVI)s during year 2 was 3.7 in 1180 eyes (1083 patients). The mean baseline VA of the whole cohort was 56.3 ETDRS letters, improving to 61.3 at 1 year (+5) and 59.1 (+2.8) at the end of year 2. The mean VA letter score at the end of year 2, stratified by number of IVIs into three groups was as follows: group A, 57.3 (gain of +1.7) (44% of eyes (/=6 IVIs)). Even though there were VA gains in the three groups over the 2-years, there was a drop in VA in year one to two. Eyes that received >/=6 IVIs (group C) had a smaller reduction of VA during year 2 than those which received year 1 results in higher VA gains in year 2 of treatment.Eye advance online publication, 16 June 2017; doi:10.1038/eye.2017.108.

  13. Atomic ordering and thermoelectric properties of the n-type clathrate Ba8Ni3.5Ge42.1square0.4.

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    Nguyen, L T K; Aydemir, U; Baitinger, M; Bauer, E; Borrmann, H; Burkhardt, U; Custers, J; Haghighirad, A; Höfler, R; Luther, K D; Ritter, F; Assmus, W; Grin, Yu; Paschen, S

    2010-01-28

    Single crystals of the type-I clathrate Ba(8)Ni(3.5)Ge(42.1)square(0.4) (space group Pm3n, no. 223, a = 10.798(2) A, l = 30 mm, slashed circle = 8 mm) were grown from the melt using the Bridgman technique. Their composition, determined by microprobe analysis, reveals a distinctly lower Ni content than previously reported for the lower limit (x = 5.4) of the homogeneity range of the clathrate-I phase Ba(8)Ni(x)Ge(46-x). From single crystal X-ray diffraction data we introduce a crystal structure model that takes point defects (vacancies) square in the Ge network into account. It reveals that both Ni and square accumulate at a single site (6c) and that, as a consequence, the Ge network distorts considerably. Ba(8)Ni(3.5)Ge(42.1)square(0.4) shows metal-like behaviour (drho/dT > 0) albeit with high resistivity at room temperature (rho(300 K) approximately 1 mOmega cm). Together with the low charge carrier concentration of 2.3 e(-)/unit cell at 300 K this is typical of a degenerate semiconductor. The lattice thermal conductivity is distinctly smaller than that of Ba(8)Ge(43)square(3), where the vacancies partially order, and smaller than those of Ba-Ni-Ge type-I clathrates without vacancies, suggesting that disordered vacancies efficiently scatter heat-transporting phonons. We provide evidence that the maximum value of the thermoelectric figure of merit reached in Ba(8)Ni(3.5)Ge(42.1)square(0.4), ZT(680 K) congruent with 0.21, can be further improved by adjusting the charge carrier concentration.

  14. Single crystal growth, magnetic and thermal properties of perovskite YFe{sub 0.6}Mn{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} single crystal

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    Xie, Tao [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418 (China); Synthetio Single Crystal Research Center, Shanghai Institute of Ceramic, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Key Laboratory of Transparent and Opto-functional Inorganic Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Shen, Hui, E-mail: hshen@sit.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418 (China); Zhao, Xiangyang; Man, Peiwen [Synthetio Single Crystal Research Center, Shanghai Institute of Ceramic, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Key Laboratory of Transparent and Opto-functional Inorganic Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Wu, Anhua, E-mail: wuanhua@mail.sic.ac.cn [Synthetio Single Crystal Research Center, Shanghai Institute of Ceramic, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Key Laboratory of Transparent and Opto-functional Inorganic Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Su, Liangbi [Synthetio Single Crystal Research Center, Shanghai Institute of Ceramic, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Key Laboratory of Transparent and Opto-functional Inorganic Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Xu, Jiayue, E-mail: xujiayue@sit.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418 (China)

    2016-11-01

    High quality YFe{sub 0.6}Mn{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} single crystal was grown by floating zone technique using a four-mirror-image-furnace under flowing air. Powder X-ray diffraction gives well evidence that the specimen has an orthorhombic structure, with space group Pbnm. Temperature dependence of the magnetizations of YFe{sub 0.6}Mn{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} single crystal were studied under ZFC and FC modes in the temperature range from 5 K to 400 K. A clear spin reorientation transition behavior (Γ{sub 4}→Γ{sub 1}) is observed in the temperature range of 322–316 K, due to the substitution of Mn at the Fe site of YFeO{sub 3}. Its Néel temperature is around 385 K. Moreover, the spin reorientation is verified by the change of magnetic hysteresis loops of the sample along [001] axis in the temperature range of 50–385 K. The thermal properties of the sample were measured by the differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) from 300 K to 500 K, which also clearly appear anomaly in the spin reorientation region. - Highlights: • High quality YFe{sub 0.6}Mn{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} single crystal was grown by floating zone technique. • The thermal properties appear anomaly in the spin reorientation region. • A clear spin reorientation transition behavior (Γ{sub 4}→Γ{sub 1}) is observed in the temperature range of 322–316 K, due to the substitution of Mn at the Fe site of YFeO{sub 3}.

  15. Comparative study of personality disorder associated with deliberate self harm in two different age groups (15–24 years and 45–74 years)

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    Nath, Saswati; Patra, Dipak Kumar; Biswas, Srilekha; Mallick, Asim Kumar; Bandyopadhyay, Gautam Kumar; Ghosh, Srijit

    2008-01-01

    Aims: To study the presence of personality disorder in cases of deliberate self harm (DSH) in young (15–24 years) and elderly (45–74 years) and compare. Materials and Methods: Deliberate self harm cases admitted in Medical and surgical departments and cases attending psychiatry department of R.G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata were studied. For diagnosis of personality disorder ICD 10 International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE) questionnaire was used. Results: Percentage of elderly pa...

  16. Effects of different concentrations of hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 applied for different time periods on injury to human renal tubular epithelial cells%不同浓度和时间应用羟乙基淀粉130/0.4对人肾小管上皮细胞损伤的影响

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    邵芹; 段满林; 李仁奇; 王琛

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effects of different concentrations of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) 130/0.4 applied for different time periods on injury to human renal tubular epithelial cells.Methods Human renal kidney epithelial cells HK-2 at the logarithmic growth phase were seeded in 96-well plates at a density of 1 × 105 cells/ml (0.1 ml/well),in culture flasks (5 ml/flask) or in cluture dishes (5 ml/dish).HK-2 cells were randomly divided into 4 groups (n=49 each) using a random number table:control group (group C) and 0.3%,1.5% and 3.0% HES 130/0.4 groups (H1,H2 and H3 groups).In H1,H2 and H3 groups,HK-2 cells were incubated with 0.3%,1.5% and 3.0% HES 130/0.4,respectively.The equal volume of PBS was added to the culture medium in group C.At day 1,3,5 and 7 of incubation,the cell viability was measured.At day 3,5 and 7 of incubation,cell apoptosis was detected,and apoptosis rate was calculated.On day 7 of incubation,the cells were stained with toluidine blue for examination of intracellular HES deposition (under light microscope) and pathological changes (with transmission electron microscope).Results Compared with group C,the cell viability was significantly decreased on day 5 and 7 of incubation,and apoptosis rate was increased on day 3,5 and 7 of incubation in group H3,and no significant difference was detected in the parameters mentioned above in H1 and H2 groups.Microscopic examination showed that intracellular HES deposition was observed in H2 and H3 groups,and pathological changes were obvious,and apoptotic cells were also found in H3 group.Conclusion Application of high-concentration HES 130/0.4 for a long period can lead to injury to human renal tubular epithelial cells,however,application of high-or low-concentration HES 130/0.4 for a short period produces no influence on the cells.%目的 评价不同浓度和时间应用羟乙基淀粉130/0.4(HES 130/0.4)对人肾小管上皮细胞损伤的影响.方法 人肾小管上皮细胞HK-2细胞

  17. Investigating effectiveness of group counseling with reality therapy approach on self-esteem of addicted boys having at most 20 years old

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    Hoseini Shadi; Toozandehjani Hassan

    2016-01-01

    This study is a quasi-experimental research that aimed to investigate the effectiveness of group counseling with reality therapy approach on increasing self-esteem of addicted boys having at most 20 years old...

  18. A review of the activities of the IAG working group on geomorphosites over the last ten years

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    Reynard, Emmanuel; Coratza, Paola

    2013-04-01

    During the last two decades a renewed interest emerged in the scientific community for geoheritage, geoconservation and geotourism research. This was the reason for the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) for creating a specific working group on geomorphosites in 2001, with the aim to improve knowledge and scientific research on the definition, assessment, cartography, promotion and conservation of geomorphological heritage. The working group is chaired by the two authors, experiences were shared during several workshops and international conferences, and results were collected in several special publications (http://www.geomorph.org/wg/wggs.html). Several intensive courses for Master and PhD students were also organized and a book was published, dedicated particularly to Master and PhD students working on geomorphosite issues (Reynard et al., 2009). This contribution proposes a review of the working group activities since 2001 that focused on four main domains: (1) Definition and conceptualization. Geomorphosites are a type of geosite that is portions of the geosphere that present a particular importance for the comprehension of the Earth's history. Geomorphosites have to be considered as the result of human valuation. Conceptualization related to the value of geomorphosites is still in course. Nevertheless, three groups of values can be demonstrated: the scientific value (that is the interest of sites for Earth history and for the history and epistemology of geomorphology), several additional values (aesthetic, ecological, and cultural in a broad sense), and use and management values, that can be divided in three groups (educational value, economic value, including the tourist value, and protection). The scientific and additional value can be considered as intrinsic values, whereas the management and use value are to be related to extrinsic or societal values. (2) Assessment. Several methods, based on the measurement of specific features of

  19. 0.4Ah class graphite/LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} lithium-ion battery prototypes

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    Appetecchi, Giovanni Battista; Prosini, Pier Paolo [ENEA, IDROCOMB, C.R. Casaccia, Via Anguillarese 301, 00060 Rome (Italy)

    2005-08-26

    0.4Ah lithium-ion battery prototypes, developed within a national project devoted to development of power sources for consumer applications, have been fabricated and tested. A novel, intrinsically porous, PVdF-HFP/MgO composite separator, capable to be hot-laminated onto PVDF-HFP-based electrodes without losing its ability to retain liquid electrolyte, was developed. The devices were assembled by direct lamination of the components, namely graphite anode tapes, PVDF-HFP/MgO separators and LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} cathode films. The prototypes, formed by a stack of 12 single cells connected in parallel, need no external pressure to maintain contact between the layers. The battery performance was evaluated in terms of capacity, cycle life, energy and power density at different rates. The capability of prototypes to uptake liquid electrolyte was also investigated. The results have indicated the feasibility to scale-up lithium-ion cells to manufacture 0.4Ah class battery prototypes showing good cycling performance. (author)

  20. 0.4 Ah class graphite/LiMn 2O 4 lithium-ion battery prototypes

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    Appetecchi, Giovanni Battista; Prosini, Pier Paolo

    0.4 Ah lithium-ion battery prototypes, developed within a national project devoted to development of power sources for consumer applications, have been fabricated and tested. A novel, intrinsically porous, PVdF-HFP/MgO composite separator, capable to be hot-laminated onto PVDF-HFP-based electrodes without losing its ability to retain liquid electrolyte, was developed. The devices were assembled by direct lamination of the components, namely graphite anode tapes, PVDF-HFP/MgO separators and LiMn 2O 4 cathode films. The prototypes, formed by a stack of 12 single cells connected in parallel, need no external pressure to maintain contact between the layers. The battery performance was evaluated in terms of capacity, cycle life, energy and power density at different rates. The capability of prototypes to uptake liquid electrolyte was also investigated. The results have indicated the feasibility to scale-up lithium-ion cells to manufacture 0.4 Ah class battery prototypes showing good cycling performance.

  1. Evolutionary artificial neural network approach for predicting properties of Cu- 15Ni-8Sn-0.4Si alloy

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    FANG Shan-feng; WANG Ming-pu; WANG Yan-hui; QI Wei-hong; LI Zhou

    2008-01-01

    A novel data mining approach, based on artificial neural network(ANN) using differential evolution(DE) training algorithm, was proposed to model the non-linear relationship between parameters of aging processes and mechanical and electrical properties of Cu-15Ni-8Sn-0.4Si alloy. In order to improve predictive accuracy of ANN model, the leave-one-out-cross-validation (LOOCV) technique was adopted to automatically determine the optimal number of neurons of the hidden layer. The forecasting performance of the proposed global optimization algorithm was compared with that of local optimization algorithm. The present calculated results are consistent with the experimental values, which suggests that the proposed evolutionary artificial neural network algorithm is feasible and efficient. Moreover, the experimental results illustrate that the DE training algorithm combined with gradient-based training algorithm achieves better convergence performance and the lowest forecasting errors and is therefore considered to be a promising alternative method to forecast the hardness and electrical conductivity of Cu- 15Ni-8Sn-0.4Si alloy.

  2. Unexpected superconductivity at nanoscale junctions made on the topological crystalline insulator Pb0.6Sn0.4Te

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    Das, Shekhar; Aggarwal, Leena; Roychowdhury, Subhajit; Aslam, Mohammad; Gayen, Sirshendu; Biswas, Kanishka; Sheet, Goutam

    2016-09-01

    Discovery of exotic phases of matter from the topologically non-trivial systems not only makes the research on topological materials more interesting but also enriches our understanding of the fascinating physics of such materials. Pb0.6Sn0.4Te was recently shown to be a topological crystalline insulator. Here, we show that by forming a mesoscopic point-contact using a normal non-superconducting elemental metal on the surface of Pb0.6Sn0.4Te, a superconducting phase is created locally in a confined region under the point-contact. This happens when the bulk of the sample remains to be non-superconducting, and the superconducting phase emerges as a nano-droplet under the point-contact. The superconducting phase shows a high transition temperature Tc that varies for different point-contacts and falls in a range between 3.7 K and 6.5 K. Therefore, this Letter presents the discovery of a superconducting phase on the surface of a topological crystalline insulator, and the discovery is expected to shed light on the mechanism of induced superconductivity in topologically non-trivial systems in general.

  3. 热处理对Gd0.6Dy0.4Co2和Gd0.6Dy0.4Co1.9Al0.1合金磁热性能的影响%Effect of Heat-treatment on the Magnetocaloric Properties of Gd0.6Dy0.4Co2 and Gd0.6Dy0.4Co1.9Al0.1

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    吴卫; 于越

    2010-01-01

    用真空电弧熔炼炉制备Gd0.6Dy0.4Co2和Gd0.6Dy0.4Co1.9Al0.1合金,在900℃下进行4天、7天的热处理后,对其铸态和热处理态的相结构、居里温度、绝热温变、磁熵变等进行了研究.结果表明:经过7天的热处理后合金晶体结构基本变为单相GdCo2结构.热处理的结果使合金的最大绝热温变值比铸态合金有所升高,磁熵变值比铸态合金提高53.2%和33.1%,居里温度略有降低,说明热处理能有效提高该系列合金的磁热性能.

  4. Identification of expressed genes in regenerating rat liver in 0-4-8-12 h short interval successive partial hepatectomy

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    Cun-Shuan Xu; Salman Rahman; Jing-Bo Zhang; Jin-Yun Yuan; Wen-Qiang Li; Hong-Peng Han; Ke-Jin Yang; Cui-Fang Chang; Li-Feng Zhao; Yu-Chang Li; Hui-Yong Zhang

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To identify the genes differentially expressed in the regenerating rat liver of 0-4-8-12 h short interval successive partial hepatectomy (SISPH) and to analyze their expression profiles.METHODS: Five hundred and fifty-one elements screened from subtractive cDNA libraries were made into a cDNA microarray (cDNA chip). Extensive gene expression analysis following 0-4-8-12 h SISPH was conducted by microarray.RESULTS: One hundred and eighty-three elements were selected, which were either up- or down-regulated more than 2-fold at one or more time points after SISPH. Cluster analysis and generalization analysis showed that there were five distinct temporal patterns of gene expression.Eighty-six genes were unreported, associated with liver regeneration (LR).CONCLUSION: Microarray analysis shows that the down regulated genes are much more than the up-regulated ones in SISPH; the numbers of genes expressed consistently are fewer than that expressed immediately; the genes expressed in high abundance are much fewer than that increased 2-5-fold. The comparison of SISPH with partial hepatectomy (PH) shows that the expression trends of most genes in SISPH and in PH are similar,but the expression of 43 genes is specifically altered in SISPH.

  5. The Dense Filamentary Giant Molecular Cloud G23.0-0.4: Birthplace of Ongoing Massive Star Formation

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    Su, Yang; Shao, Xiangjun; Yang, Ji

    2015-01-01

    We present observations of 1.5 square degree maps of the 12CO, 13CO, and C18O (J=1-0) emission toward the complex region of the supernova remnant (SNR) W41 and SNR G22.7-0.2. A massive (~5E5Msun), large (~84x15 pc), and dense (~10E3 cm^-3) giant molecular cloud (GMC), G23.0-0.4 with VLSR~77 km/s, is found to be adjacent to the two SNRs. The GMC displays a filamentary structure approximately along the Galactic plane. The filamentary structure of the dense molecular gas, traced by C18O (J=1-0) emission, is also coincident well with the distribution of the dust-continuum emission in the direction. Two dense massive MC clumps, two 6.7 GHz methanol masers, and one HII/SNR complex, associated with the 77 km/s GMC G23.0-0.4, are aligned along the filamentary structure, indicating the star forming activity within the GMC. These sources have periodic projected spacing of 0.18-0.26degree along the giant filament, which is consistent well with the theoretical predictions of 0.22degree. It indicates that the turbulence s...

  6. Synthesis, characterization and time dependent phase transformation of Li{sub 0.4}WO{sub 3} bronze

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    Rahman, M. Shahidur; Murshed, M. Mangir; Gesing, Thorsten M. [Bremen Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische Chemie, Chemische Kristallographie Fester Stoffe

    2014-07-01

    Lithium tungsten bronzes with a nominal composition of Li{sub 0.4}WO{sub 3} were synthesized by solid state reactions in silica tubes at 973 K and various low pressures. Samples were characterized using X-ray single crystal and powder diffraction, and neutron powder diffraction. The air pressure inside the sealed quartz tubes played roles for the formation of Li{sub 0.4}WO{sub 3} phases with different symmetries. Whereas using a pressure of 10{sup -7} MPa a pure body centered cubic (Im anti 3) tungsten bronze was formed, at higher pressures (>10{sup -7} MPa) a mixture of Im anti 3 and primitive cubic (Pm anti 3m) perovskite tungsten bronzes were observed with pressure dependent phase fractions. While keeping the synthesized samples under open atmospheric conditions the Im anti 3 phase gradually transformed into a tetragonal perovskite (P4/nmm) tungsten bronze. The slow cubic into tetragonal phase transformation has been explained in terms of the mobility of lithium within two different crystallographic sites.

  7. Preparation and Performance of Cathode Powder La0.6Sr0.4Co0.4Fe0.6O3 for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell by Sol-gel Method%溶胶-凝胶法制备固体氧化物燃料电池阴极粉体La0.6Sr0.4Co0.4Fe0.6O3及其电性能

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    石纪军; 吴也凡; 罗凌虹; 程亮; 孙良良; 徐序; 黄祖志; 邵由俊; 吕晨

    2013-01-01

      采用聚乙烯醇(PVA)、柠檬酸和六亚甲基四胺作为络合剂的溶胶凝胶法制备纳米阴极粉体La1–xSrxCo1–yFeyO3(LSCF)。用X射线衍射、透射电子显微镜和激光粒度仪分别对LSCF (x=0.4,y=0.6)粉体的晶型、结构和粒径分布进行了表征。采用丝网印刷法将LSCF (x=0.4,y=0.6)浆料印刷在具有阴极氧化钇掺杂氧化铈(gadolinium doped ceria,GDC)阻挡层的半电池上,经1000℃焙烧制成单电池。用扫描电子显微镜、压汞仪和电化学工作站等表征手段对单电池结构及其电性能等进行了表征。结果表明:前驱物经900℃煅烧获得斜方六面体晶系钙钛矿晶体结构阴极粉体LSCF,其分散度较高,颗粒形状较规则,一次粒子大小为50 nm左右,用该阴极粉体LSCF (x=0.4,y=0.6)制备的单电池以H2+3%水蒸气为燃料气,空气为氧化气,在750℃时的最大功率密度为1.09 W/cm2,欧姆电阻为0.17Ω·cm2,极化电阻为0.61Ω·cm2。%A nano-powder of La1–xSrxCo1–yFeyO3 (LSCF) cathode was perpared by the sol–gel method with PVA, citric acid and hexa-methylene tetramine as complexing agents. The crystalline phase, structure and particle size distribution were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and Laser particle size analysis, respectively. The single cell via screen printing the LSCF (x=0.4, y=0.6) powder on an anode support half cell with a gadolinium doped ceria (GDC) barrier layer was fabricated at 1 000℃. The structure and performance of the single cell were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, mercury porosimetry and electrochemical workstation. The well-dispersive LSCF (x=0.4, y=0.6) powder with the rhombic hexahedron perovskite structure and the particle size of<50nm was obtained after calcining at 900℃. The maximum power density of single cell is 1.09W/cm2, the ohmic resistance is 0.17Ω·cm2 and the polarization resistance is 0.61Ω·cm2

  8. Critical behavior in the La0.6Ca0.4-xSrxMnO3 nano-particle compounds for x = 0, 0.05 and 0.4

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    Gharsallah, H.; Bejar, M.; Dhahri, E.; Hlil, E. K.

    2017-10-01

    The critical behavior associated with the magnetic phase transition has been investigated by magnetization isotherms in La0.6Ca0.4-xSrxMnO3 nano-particle compounds for x = 0 (S0C1), 0.05 (SC. 4-4) and 0.4 (S1C0). The critical exponents are estimated by various techniques, such as the Modified Arrott plot, Kouvel-Fisher plot and critical isotherm techniques. Thus, the average values of the critical exponent and the critical temperature obtained by the different methods are (βmoy = 0.47 ;γmoy = 1.02 ; δmoy = 3.00 ;TC = 230.6 K) for S0C1, (βmoy = 0.47 ;γmoy = 1.00 ;δmoy = 3.21 ;TC = 361.9 K) for S1C0, and (βmoy = 0.26 ;γmoy = 1.02 ;δmoy = 4.92 ;TC = 286.4 K) for SC. 4-4. These values are in good agreement with those given by the theoretical models: Mean-Field model (β = 0.5, γ = 1 and δ = 3) for S0C1 and S1C0 compounds; and Tricritical mean-Field model (β = 0.25, γ = 1 and δ = 5) for SC. 4-4 one. The reliability of the critical exponent values was confirmed by the Widom scaling relation and the universal scaling hypothesis.

  9. Comparing the effect of hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 with balanced crystalloid solution on mortality and kidney failure in patients with severe sepsis (6S - Scandinavian Starch for Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock trial): Study protocol, design and rationale for a double-blinded, randomised clinical trial

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    Perner, Anders; Haase, Nicolai; Wetterslev, Jørn

    2011-01-01

    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: By tradition colloid solutions have been used to obtain fast circulatory stabilisation in shock, but high molecular weight hydroxyethyl starch (HES) may cause acute kidney failure in patients with severe sepsis. Now lower molecular weight HES 130/0.4 is the preferred colloid...... in Scandinavian intensive care units (ICUs) and 1st choice fluid for patients with severe sepsis. However, HES 130/0.4 is largely unstudied in patients with severe sepsis. METHODS/DESIGN: The 6S trial will randomise 800 patients with severe sepsis in 30 Scandinavian ICUs to masked fluid resuscitation using either...... replacement therapy or ventilator support and 28-day and 1/2- and one-year mortality. The sample size will allow the detection of a 10% absolute difference between the two groups in the composite endpoint with a power of 80%. DISCUSSION: The 6S trial will provide important safety and efficacy data on the use...

  10. Effects of Acute Bleeding Followed by Hydroxyethyl Starch 130/0.4 or a Crystalloid on Propofol Concentrations, Cerebral Oxygenation, and Electroencephalographic and Haemodynamic Variables in Pigs

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Bleeding changes the haemodynamics, compromising organ perfusion. In this study, the effects of bleeding followed by replacement with hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 (HES or lactated Ringer’s (LR on cerebral oxygenation and electroencephalogram-derived parameters were investigated. Twelve young pigs under propofol-remifentanil anaesthesia were bled 30 mL/kg and, after a 20-minute waiting period, volume replacement was performed with HES (GHES; N=6 or LR (GRL; N=6. Bleeding caused a decrease of more than 50% in mean arterial pressure (P<0.01 and a decrease in cerebral oximetry (P=0.039, bispectral index, and electroencephalogram total power (P=0.04 and P<0.01, resp., while propofol plasma concentrations increased (P<0.01. Both solutions restored the haemodynamics and cerebral oxygenation similarly and were accompanied by an increase in electroencephalogram total power. No differences between groups were found. However, one hour after the end of the volume replacement, the cardiac output (P=0.03 and the cerebral oxygenation (P=0.008 decreased in the GLR and were significantly lower than in GHES (P=0.02. Volume replacement with HES 130/0.4 was capable of maintaining the cardiac output and cerebral oxygenation during a longer period than LR and caused a decrease in the propofol plasma concentrations.

  11. Effects of Acute Bleeding Followed by Hydroxyethyl Starch 130/0.4 or a Crystalloid on Propofol Concentrations, Cerebral Oxygenation, and Electroencephalographic and Haemodynamic Variables in Pigs

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    Venâncio, Carlos; Souza, Almir P.; Ferreira, Luísa Maria; Branco, Paula Sério; de Pinho, Paula Guedes; Amorim, Pedro; Ferreira, David A.

    2014-01-01

    Bleeding changes the haemodynamics, compromising organ perfusion. In this study, the effects of bleeding followed by replacement with hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 (HES) or lactated Ringer's (LR) on cerebral oxygenation and electroencephalogram-derived parameters were investigated. Twelve young pigs under propofol-remifentanil anaesthesia were bled 30 mL/kg and, after a 20-minute waiting period, volume replacement was performed with HES (GHES; N = 6) or LR (GRL; N = 6). Bleeding caused a decrease of more than 50% in mean arterial pressure (P < 0.01) and a decrease in cerebral oximetry (P = 0.039), bispectral index, and electroencephalogram total power (P = 0.04 and P < 0.01, resp.), while propofol plasma concentrations increased (P < 0.01). Both solutions restored the haemodynamics and cerebral oxygenation similarly and were accompanied by an increase in electroencephalogram total power. No differences between groups were found. However, one hour after the end of the volume replacement, the cardiac output (P = 0.03) and the cerebral oxygenation (P = 0.008) decreased in the GLR and were significantly lower than in GHES (P = 0.02). Volume replacement with HES 130/0.4 was capable of maintaining the cardiac output and cerebral oxygenation during a longer period than LR and caused a decrease in the propofol plasma concentrations. PMID:24971192

  12. Crystal structure, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of aluminum-doped La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} perovskites

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    Elhamza, Amal; Dhahri, J. [Universite de Monastir, Laboratoire de la Matiere Condensee et des Nanosciences, Monastir (Tunisia); Rhouma, F.I.H. [Centre de Recherche des Sciences et Technologies de l' Energie, Laboratoire de Photovoltaique de Semi-Conducteurs et de Nanostructures, Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Hlil, E.K. [CNRS-Universite Joseph Fourier, Institut Neel, Grenoble (France)

    2017-05-15

    In this paper, we report on the structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of a series of nanocrystallines La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Mn{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) which were prepared by the sol-gel method. The X-ray powder diffraction showed that all our synthesized samples were of a single phase and have crystallized in the hexagonal symmetry with R anti 3c space group. Magnetic measurements showed that the sample exhibits a ferromagnetic-to-paramagnetic phase transition at a Curie temperature close to 206 K. The maximum value of the magnetic entropy change vertical stroke ΔS{sub M}{sup max} vertical stroke was found to be 1.09 J kg{sup -1} K{sup -1} for an applied magnetic field of 5T. At this value of magnetic field, the relative cooling power was 141 J kg{sup -1}. Our result on magnetocaloric properties suggests that La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Mn{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} nanopowder with (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) is attractive as a potential refrigerant for high-temperature magnetic refrigeration. (orig.)

  13. Association between ABO Blood Group and Risk of Congenital Heart Disease: A 6-year large cohort study

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    Zu, Bailing; You, Guoling; Fu, Qihua; Wang, Jing

    2017-01-01

    ABO blood group, except its direct clinical implications for transfusion and organ transplantation, is generally accepted as an effect factor for coronary heart disease, but the associations between ABO blood group and congenital heart disease (CHD) are not coherent by previous reports. In this study, we evaluated the the potential relationship between ABO blood group and CHD risk. In 39,042 consecutive inpatients (19,795 CHD VS 19,247 controls), we used multivariable logistic regression to evaluate the roles of ABO blood group, gender, and RH for CHD. The associations between ABO blood group and CHD subgroups, were further evaluated using stratification analysis, adjusted by gender. A blood group demonstrated decreased risk for isolated CHD (OR 0.82; 95% CI, 0.78–0.87) in individuals with A blood group in the overall cohort analysis, and the finding was consistently replicated in independent subgroup analysis. ABO blood group may have a role for CHD, and this novel finding provides ABO blood group as a possible marker for CHD, but more studies need to be done. PMID:28211529

  14. Efeitos cardiovascular e metabólico da reposição volêmica com hidroxietilamido 130/0,4 em felinos domésticos com hipovolemia induzida Cardiovascular and metabolic effects of volemic expansion with hydroxyethyl starch 130/0,4 in domestic cats with induced hypovolemia

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    -rebreathing system. After instrumentation, the animals were maintained under anesthesia with isofluorane at 1.3V% and maintained on pressure cycled mechanic ventilation. Afterwards, hypovolemia was induced by withdrawal of 30ml kg-1 of blood from the femoral artery. After 60 minutes of stabilization of the patient, the treatments were initiated. In the hydroxyethyl starch group (GH, n=06 the animals received hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 as volemic expansion at the same volume of blood withdrawed, in the blood group (GS, n=06 the animals received their own withdrawed blood, being considered the control group. The systolic, diastolic and mean arterial pressures and central venous pressure increased after volemic expansion in both groups. An increase of PaCO2 at T15, T30 and T60 in GH was observed. In addition, there was reduction of pH at T30 and T45 and Na+ ions at T90 in GH. The arterial pressure restoration with the use of HES 130/0.4 was similar to the control group; the volemic expansion with HES 130/0,4 produces accentuated increase of CVP; the use of HES 130/0,4 in female cats submitted to hypovolemia did not produce clinically significant alterations in acid-base equilibrium.

  15. The Sound and the Sense: Exploring the Collaborative Construction of Free-Form Poetry in the Six-Year-Old Group

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    Pramling, Niklas

    2010-01-01

    An exploratory study into the collaborative activity of creating a poem in early years education is reported. A group of 6-year-old children and their teacher making free-form poetry are followed for three consecutive lessons. The analytical interest is wide in scope, from looking at the process in terms of the verbal actions of the children and…

  16. Seven-Year Follow-Up Study of Symptoms in Asylum Seekers and Refugees With PTSD Treated With Trauma-Focused Groups.

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    Drožđek, B; Kamperman, A.M.; Tol, W.A.; Knipscheer, Jeroen; Kleber, Rolf

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To examine sustainability of symptom outcomes of a 1-year phase-based trauma-focused, multimodal, and multicomponent group therapy in a day treatment program for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) over an average period of 7 years. METHOD: Iranian and Afghan patients (N = 69) were asses

  17. Punishment and reward in parental discipline for children aged 5 to 6 years : prevalence and groups at risk

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    Theunissen, Meinou H. C.; Vogels, Anton G. C.; Reijneveld, Sijmen A.

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: In this study we examined the use and predictors of different discipline practices by parents of children aged 5 to 6 years. METHODS: We obtained cross-sectional data for a nationally representative Dutch sample of children aged 5 to 6 years within the setting of routine well-child visits

  18. Punishment and reward in parental discipline for children aged 5 to 6 years: prevalence and groups at risk

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    Theunissen, M.H.C.; Vogels, A.G.C.; Reijneveld, S.A.

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: In this study we examined the use and predictors of different discipline practices by parents of children aged 5 to 6 years. METHODS: We obtained cross-sectional data for a nationally representative Dutch sample of children aged 5 to 6 years within the setting of routine well-child visits

  19. Punishment and reward in parental discipline for children aged 5 to 6 years : prevalence and groups at risk

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    Theunissen, Meinou H. C.; Vogels, Anton G. C.; Reijneveld, Sijmen A.

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: In this study we examined the use and predictors of different discipline practices by parents of children aged 5 to 6 years. METHODS: We obtained cross-sectional data for a nationally representative Dutch sample of children aged 5 to 6 years within the setting of routine well-child visits

  20. Performance tests of an AGIPD 0.4 assembly at the beamline P10 of PETRA III

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    Becker, J.; Marras, A.; Klyuev, A.; Westermeier, F.; Trunk, U.; Graafsma, H.

    2013-06-01

    The Adaptive Gain Integrating Pixel Detector (AGIPD) is a novel detector system, currently under development by a collaboration of DESY, the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, the University of Hamburg and the University of Bonn, and is primarily designed for use at the European XFEL. To verify key features of this detector, an AGIPD 0.4 test chip assembly was tested at the P10 beamline of the PETRA III synchrotron at DESY. The test chip successfully imaged both the direct synchrotron beam and single 7.05 keV photons at the same time, demonstrating the large dynamic range required for XFEL experiments. X-ray scattering measurements from a test sample agree with standard measurements and show the chip's capability of observing dynamics at the microsecond time scale.

  1. Electrical properties of La0.6Sr0.4Co1-yFeyO3 cathode material

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    JIANG Jin-guo; CUI Chong; LIU Jin-qiang

    2006-01-01

    The electrical properties of La0.6Sr0.4Co1-yFeyO3 (LSCF, y=0-1.0) cathode materials were measured by DC four probes, X-ray photo-electron spectrum (XPS) was also introduced to determine the chemical state of Co, Fe ions in LSCF. It is found that the electrical conductivity of each sample has a maximum value with increasing temperature. XPS analysis shows that Co ion has three different chemical states, corresponding to two with Fe ion. The analyses indicates that the small-polaron hopping mechanism dominates the electron conduction at low temperature, while at high temperature, the three factors such as the thermally activated disproportionation of Co3+ ions into Co2+ and Co4+ pairs, the ionic compensation of oxygen vacancies formed at high temperatures, and Fe4+ ions charge compensation preferential to Co4+, all contribute to electrical conduction.

  2. Testing Einstein's Weak Equivalence Principle with a 0.4-Nanosecond Giant Pulse of the Crab Pulsar

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    Yang, Yuan-Pei

    2016-01-01

    Einstein's weak equivalence principle (EEP) can be tested through the arrival time delay between photons with different frequencies. Assuming that the arrival time delay is solely caused by the gravitational potential of the Milky Way, we show that a "nano-shot" giant pulse with an unresolved duration $\\Delta t_{\\rm{obs}}-\\Delta t_{\\rm{DM}}<0.4~\\rm{ns}$ from the Crab pulsar poses a new upper limit on the deviation from EEP, i.e. $\\Delta\\gamma < 8\\times 10^{-16}$. This result provides the hitherto most stringent constraint on the EEP, improving by at least 2 to 3 orders of magnitude from the previous results based on fast radio bursts.

  3. NASICON-related Na3.4Mn0.4Fe1.6(PO43

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    Nikolay S. Slobodyanik

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The solid solution, sodium [iron(III/manganese(II] tris(orthophosphate, Na3.4Mn0.4Fe1.6(PO43, was obtained using a flux method. Its crystal structure is related to that of NASICON-type compounds. The [(Mn/Fe2(PO43] framework is built up from an (Mn/FeO6 octahedron (site symmetry 3., with a mixed Mn/Fe occupancy, and a PO4 tetrahedron (site symmetry .2. The Na+ cations are distributed over two partially occupied sites in the cavities of the framework. One Na+ cation (site symmetry -3. is surrounded by six O atoms, whereas the other Na+ cation (site symmetry .2 is surrounded by eight O atoms.

  4. Sources of Heterogeneity in Trials Reporting Hydroxyethyl Starch 130/0.4 or 0.42 Associated Excess Mortality in Septic Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-regression

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    Peng-Lin Ma; Xiao-Xia Peng; Bin Du; Xiao-Lan Hu; Yi-Chun Gong; Yu Wang; Xiu-Ming Xi

    2015-01-01

    Background:This meta-analysis was to determine the association of the cumulative dose of 130/0.4 or 0.42 (hydroxyethyl starch [HES] 130/0.4*) or delta daily fluid balance (i.e.,daily fluid balance in HES group over or below control group) with the heterogeneity of risk ratio (RR) for mortality in randomized control trials (RCTs).Methods:Three databases (PubMed,EMBASE,Cochrane) were searched to identify prospective RCTs reporting mortality in adult patients with sepsis to compare HES 130/0.4* with crystalloids or albumin.Meta-analysis was performed using random effects.Sensitivity and meta-regression analyses were used to examine the heterogeneity sources of RR for mortality.Results:A total number of 4408 patients from 11 RCTs were included.The pooled RR showed no significant difference for overall mortality in patients with administration of HES130/0.4* compared with treatment of control fluids (RR:1.02,95% confidence interval:0.90-1.17;P =0.73).Heterogeneity was moderate across recruited trials (I2 =34%,P =0.13).But,a significant variation was demonstrated in subgroup with crystalloids as control fluids (I2 =42%,P < 0.l).Sensitivity analysis revealed that trials with high risk of bias did not significantly impact the pooled estimates for mortality.Meta-regression analysis also did not determine a dose-effect relationship of H ES130/0.4* with mortality (P =0.298),but suggested daily delta fluid balance being likely associated with mortality in septic patients receiving HES 130/130/0.4* (P =0.079).Conclusions:Inappropriate daily positive fluid balance was likely an important source of heterogeneity in these trials reporting HES 130/0.4* associated with excess mortality in septic patients.

  5. Influence of heat treatment on the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties in Nd0.6Sr0.4MnO3 compound

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    Ahmed, A. M.; Mohamed, H. F.; Diab, A. K.; Mohamed, Sara A.; García-Granda, S.; Martínez-Blanco, D.

    2016-07-01

    In the present investigation, the effect of annealing temperature on the structural, electrical transport and the magnetocaloric effect of Nd0.6Sr0.4MnO3 manganites have been studied. Rietveld refinement of XRD data reveals that all samples are single phase with a space group (Pnma). Heat treatment enhances the grain size and decreases the porosity. All samples suffer Curie transition from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic. Magnetocaloric parameters have been determined by the analysis of isothermal M (H) curves around Curie temperature (ΔH = 2 T) for samples. Heat treatment enhances magnetic entropy, which reaches a maximum at Tan = 900 °C. In addition, the rate cooling power records highest value at Tan = 700 °C.

  6. Magnetic dynamic effects in TbMn1-x(Ga/ScxO3 samples (x=0.4, 0.5, 0.6.

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    García J.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The magnetic properties of strongly doped TbMnO3 with non-magnetic ions, such as Ga and Sc, has been studied focused in the intermediate region (0.4≤x≤0.6 where long range ferromagnetic ordering was reported for La-based compounds. All samples are single phase and show a perovskite structure with orthorhombic unit cell, space group Pbnm. The Tb-based compounds do not show long range magnetic order but magnetic anomies are noticeable at low temperature. These anomalies show magnetic irreversibility and dynamic effects typical of magnetic glassy systems. These features have been studied in detail using ac magnetic susceptibility and the analysis shows the largest magnetic correlations for x=0.5 in both type of substitutions.

  7. Dielectric and phase transition of BaTi0.6Zr0.4O3 ceramics prepared by a soft chemical route

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    Rout, S. K.; Badapanda, T.; Sinha, E.; Panigrahi, S.; Barhai, P. K.; Sinha, T. P.

    2008-04-01

    BaTi0.6Zr0.4O3 (BTZ) ceramic was synthesized by a soft chemical route. X-ray diffraction at room temperature shows that the sample has cubic perovskite structure with space group Pm-3m. Temperature dependent dielectric study of the sample has been investigated in the frequency range from 50 Hz to 1 MHz. The density of the sample was determined using Archimedes’ principle and found to be ˜ 97% of the X-ray density. The average grain size in the pallet was found to be ˜ 1 μm. The dielectric constant peaks at temperature Tm which is dependent on the frequency. The dielectric relaxation rate follows the Vogel Fulcher relation with activation energy = 0.0185 eV, and freezing temperature = 186 K. All these measurements confirm that BTZ is a relaxor ferroelectric.

  8. Synthesis, Characterization and Exploration of Multiferroic Properties in Nano-Crystalline Tb1-xYxMnO3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.4).

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    Shukla, R; Chakraborty, Keka R; Mandal, B P; Kaushik, S D; Mukadam, M D; Lawes, G; Naik, R; Kumarasiri, A; Siruguri, V; Yusuf, S M; Tyagil, A K

    2016-04-01

    We report the synthesis and electric properties of nano-crystalline Tb1-xYxMnO3 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4) compounds prepared by gel-combustion method. These samples were characterized by a number of techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, specific-heat measurement, neutron diffraction, and magnetic field dependent pyrocurrent measurement. All the samples crystallize in the orthorhombic structure with space group Pnma at room temperature. Anomalies were observed in low temperature specific-heat measurement corresponding to magnetic and electric phase transitions. The magnetic phase transitions occurred at ~35, ~22-28 and ~7 K for all the samples. Signatures of coupling between magnetic and electric order parameters were revealed by pyrocurrent measurements carried out in presence of magnetic fields.

  9. Effect of calcium-deficiency upon physical properties of La{sub 0.6}Ca{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3}

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    Walha, I. [Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux, Faculte des Sciences de Sfax, B.P. 802, 3018 Sfax (Tunisia); Institute for Materials Science, University of Technology, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Cheikh-Rouhou, A. [Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux, Faculte des Sciences de Sfax, B.P. 802, 3018 Sfax (Tunisia); Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H. [Institute for Materials Science, University of Technology, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany)

    2006-09-15

    Structural and magnetic properties of the calcium-defect La{sub 0.6}Ca{sub 0.4-x}{open_square}{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (0{<=}x{<=}0.2) perovskite manganites have been investigated. Our powder samples have been prepared by the conventional solid state reaction technique at high temperature. Rietveld analysis show that all our synthesized samples crystallize in the orthorhombic perovskite structure with Pnma space group. The Mn atom is coordinated by six oxygen atoms forming an irregular octahedron. With decreasing Ca content the unit cell volume increases. Magnetic measurements as a function of temperature show that all our samples exhibit a paramagnetic-ferromagnetic transition with decreasing temperature. (copyright 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of Bi0.8Ba0.2Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 ceramic

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    Rangi, Manisha; Sanghi, S.; Agarwal, A.; Kaswan, K.; Jangra, S.; Singh, O.

    2016-05-01

    Polycrystalline Bi0.8Ba0.2Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 ceramic was synthesized via conventional two stage solid state reaction method. The crystal structure is examined via powder x-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement revealed that the sample has a rhombohedral crystal structure (space group R3c). The dielectric response of the sample was analyzed in the frequency range 10 Hz to 5 MHz at different temperature. The values of dielectric constant (ɛ') and dielectric loss factor (tan δ) increases with increasing temperature at different frequencies which may be the result of increase in the number of charge carriers and their mobilities due to the thermal activation. M-H hysteresis loop was recorded at room temperature up to a field of 15 kOe which shows that there is slightly enhancement in magnetization with co-doping.

  11. 一种0.4-4 GHz大范围高精度占空比调整电路%A 0 . 4-4 GHz Large Range High Precision Duty-cycle Correction Circuit

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    吕俊盛; 田泽; 邵刚

    2015-01-01

    A large range high precision Duty Cycle Correction ( DCC) circuit for high speed circuit system is presented. The circuit can automatically adjust the clock duty cycle to the ideal value about 50%. Based on a comprehensive analysis of the principle of the Duty Cycle Distortion (DCD),adopt an analog feedback method to achieve 20%-80% large range duty cycle correction from 0. 4 to 4 GHz, while the error is less than 0. 42%. The circuit is designed in 65 nm CMOS technology,which occupies only 30 μm×95 μm and con-sumes 1. 42 mA. The circuit has the advantages of simple architecture,excellent performance,low power,small area,and easy to in-tegrate,which can be widely applied into the circuit system with DCC requirements.%文中提出一种适用于高速电路系统的大范围、高精度占空比调整电路。该电路能够自动调整输入时钟的占空比,使其达到50%左右的理想值。基于对占空比畸变原理的分析,文中提出的占空比调整电路采用模拟负反馈的方法,能够在0.4-4 GHz频率范围内实现20%-80%的大范围占空比调整,调整误差小于0.42%。电路采用65 nm CMOS工艺设计实现,面积仅为30μm×95μm,功耗仅1.42 mW。相较其他类型电路,该电路结构简单、性能优异、功耗低、面积小、易于集成,能够广泛应用于对占空比要求苛刻的电路系统中。

  12. A Study of Effectiveness of Group Forgiveness Therapy in Reducing Aggression among 11-13 Year Old Male Adolescents in City of Dezful

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The present study aimed to evaluate effectiveness of group forgiveness therapy in reducing aggression among 11 – 13 year old boys. Methods: This semi experimental study (pretest-posttest design with control group was conducted on 30 students who scored high on Aggression Questionnaire. The sample was selected through cluster sampling assignment and participants were randomly assigned into two experimental and control groups. The experimental group received forgiveness counseling via twelve group sessions of 1 hour duration each. During this period no intervention was given to the control group. Data was analyzed using Kolmogrov-Smironov, Levene F test, and t-test for independent and dependent groups. Results: Statistical analysis, using independent t test for between-group comparison, showed that compared to the control group, aggression both physical and verbal, anger, and hostility in the experimental group significantly decreased. Also result of dependent t test for within-group comparison showed that aggression and its dimensions were significantly decreased after implementing independent variable. Conclusion: The study findings revealed that group forgiveness therapy can significantly reduce aggression.

  13. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF HEMODYNAMIC STABILITY AND COST EFFECTIVENESS BETWEEN GENERAL AND SPINAL ANAESTHESIA IN PATIENTS AGE GROUP (0-5YEARS IN LOWER ABDOMINAL AND LOWER EXTREMITIES SURGERIES

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND AIMS Aim of this study was to compare the changes in heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and cost effectiveness between general anaesthesia and spinal anaesthesia in pediatric patients undergoing lower abdominal and lower limb surgeries for the same duration. MATERIAL AND METHODS Fifty ASA1 patients in age group 0-5 years of either sex undergoing lower abdominal and lower limb surgeries were randomly divided in to two groups (Group-I GA group-n25 and Group-II SA group-n25. Group1 was given general anaesthesia and group-II was given spinal anaesthesia. Haemodynamic parameters and side effects during intra operative and immediate post-operative period were recorded and cost of GA and SA was calculated. RESULTS Patients in both the groups were comparable in surgical procedures and duration of surgery. Haemodynamically children in spinal group (Group-II remained more stable intra operatively and no untoward incidence was observed in group-II. Spinal Anaesthesia was much more cost effective as compared to general anaesthesia. CONCLUSION Pediatric spinal anaesthesia is a safe and effective anaesthetic technique for lower abdominal and lower limb surgeries. It is much more cost effective as compared to general anaesthesia.

  14. La0.6Pr0.4Fe11.4Si1.6B0.2合金及其氢化物的磁热效应%Magneto-Caloric Effect of La0.6Pr0.4Fe11.4Si1.6B0.2 Alloy and Its Hydride

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    葛玉梅; 松林; 黄焦宏; 刘翠兰; 张涛; 特古斯

    2013-01-01

    The preparation and magnetocaloric effects of the La0.6Pr0.4Fe11.4Si1.6B0.2 alloy and its hydride La0.6Pr0.4Fe11.4Si1.6B0.2Hy were investigated.The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results showed that the microstructures of the La0.6Pr0.4Fe11.4Si1.6B0.2 alloy were composed of the NaZn13-type phase with space group of Fm-3c,La-rich phase and Fe-rich phase.The absorbing hydrogen content was determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) method to be about y =1.7.The lattice constant increased from 1.2295 to 1.2491 nm,indicating lattice expansion.The magnetic measurement results showed that the Curie temperature of hydride La0.6Pr0.4Fe11.4Si1.6B0.2Hy increased from 198 to 325 K and this hydride aged at room temperature for 190 d maintained a large magnetocaloric effect,with a maximum magnetic entropy change of 9.1 J·kg-1·K-1 in a magnetic field of 1.5 T.%研究了La0.6Pr04Fe11.4Si1.6 B0.2合金及其氢化物La0.6 Pr0.4Fe11.4 Si1.6 B0.2Hy的制备工艺与磁热效应.室温XRD分析与SEM成分分析表明La0.6Pr0.4Fe11.4Si1.6B0.2合金主相为NaZn13型立方结构(空间群为Fm-3c),存在富La相(空间群为P4/nmm)与富Fe相.氢化物La0.6Pr0.4Fe11.4 Si1.6B0.2Hy的晶格常数a由合金的1.2295 nm增大到1.2491 nm.DSC测定氢化物的氢含量y约为1.7.磁性测量结果表明:氢化物La0.6Pro.4Fe11.4Si1.6B0.2Hy的居里温度Tc由合金的198 K增至325 K,提高了127 K.在0~1.5 T外磁场下合金与氢化物最大磁熵变-△SMmax均为9.1 J·kg-1·K-1.氢化物La0.6P0.4 F114 Si1.6B02Hy在室温下搁量190 d后物相与磁热效应基本保持不变.

  15. Prevalence and impact of primary headache disorders among students and working population in 18-25 years age group

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    Gowri Aishwarya S, Eswari N, Chandrasekar M, Chandra Prabha J

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Headache or cephalalgia is defined as pain in the head. Headache is an extremely common symptom that may have a profound impact on peoples’ functioning and quality of life. According to International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD, they are Primary and Secondary headaches. Primary Headaches are triggered by stress, alcohol, changes in sleep pattern, anxiety, poor posture, all of which are part and parcel our day-to-day life. The study was performed to investigate the prevalence of primary headache disorders and its severity of impact among students and working population in the age group 18-25. Methods: The study was conducted on 718 subjects of which 483 subjects were medical and engineering students from the age group 18-21 and 235 subjects were working people from the age group 22-25. Written consent was taken from each of them. Headache Impact Test-6 (version 1.1 and the HARDSHIP Questionnaire by Timothy Steiner et al. were the questionnaires used to diagnose the severity of impact and the type of headache respectively. The study was ethically approved by Ethical Clearance Board of MAHER University. People suffering from psychiatric illness were excluded from the study. Result: There was increased prevalence of migraine in the age group 18-21 and tension type headache in the age group 22-25.Over 50%of subjects from both the age groups had headaches that have substantial to severe impact on their lives. There was no significant gender variation in headache prevalence.

  16. One-Year Follow-Up of the Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy for Patients’ Depression: A Randomized, Single-Blinded, Controlled Study

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    Kai-Jo Chiang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to investigate the long-term (one year effectiveness of a 12-session weekly cognitive behavior group therapy (CBGT on patients with depression. This was a single-blind randomized controlled study with a 2-arm parallel group design. Eighty-one subjects were randomly assigned to 12 sessions intervention group (CBGT or control group (usual outpatient psychiatric care group and 62 completed the study. The primary outcome was depression measured with Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II and Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD. The secondary outcomes were automatic thoughts measured by automatic thoughts questionnaire (ATQ. Both groups were evaluated at the pretest (before 2 weeks, posttest (after 12 therapy sessions, and short- (3 months, medium- (6 months, and long-term (12 months follow-up. After receiving CBGT, the experimental group had a statistically significant reduction in the BDI-II from 40.30 at baseline to 17.82 points at session eight and to 10.17 points at postintervention (P<0.001. Similar effects were seen on the HRSD. ATQ significantly decreased at the 12th session, 6 months after sessions, and 1 year after the sessions ended (P<0.001. We concluded that CBGT is effective for reducing depression and continued to be effective at 1 year of follow-up.

  17. One-Year Follow-Up of the Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy for Patients' Depression: A Randomized, Single-Blinded, Controlled Study.

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    Chiang, Kai-Jo; Chen, Tsai-Hui; Hsieh, Hsiu-Tsu; Tsai, Jui-Chen; Ou, Keng-Liang; Chou, Kuei-Ru

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    The aim of the study was to investigate the long-term (one year) effectiveness of a 12-session weekly cognitive behavior group therapy (CBGT) on patients with depression. This was a single-blind randomized controlled study with a 2-arm parallel group design. Eighty-one subjects were randomly assigned to 12 sessions intervention group (CBGT) or control group (usual outpatient psychiatric care group) and 62 completed the study. The primary outcome was depression measured with Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) and Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD). The secondary outcomes were automatic thoughts measured by automatic thoughts questionnaire (ATQ). Both groups were evaluated at the pretest (before 2 weeks), posttest (after 12 therapy sessions), and short- (3 months), medium- (6 months), and long-term (12 months) follow-up. After receiving CBGT, the experimental group had a statistically significant reduction in the BDI-II from 40.30 at baseline to 17.82 points at session eight and to 10.17 points at postintervention (P session, 6 months after sessions, and 1 year after the sessions ended (P < 0.001). We concluded that CBGT is effective for reducing depression and continued to be effective at 1 year of follow-up.

  18. Progression of lumbar disc herniations over an eight year period in a group of adult Danes from the general population

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    Tunset, Andreas; Jensen, Tue Secher; Boyle, Eleanor;

    2013-01-01

    Background: The development in size and type of lumbar disc herniation (LDH) over time is not fully understood. Furthermore, the relationship between MRI defined LDH and clinical symptoms may not always confer with each other. This may be due to the lack of knowledge about the natural history...... of morphological changes in the related structures. In order to better understand the relationships, we investigated the following objectives. 1) the changes of LDH size through quantitative measures from MRI images taken at three time points over an eight-year period, 2) the cross-sectional associations between...... sizes of LDH and area of dural sac as well as disc height, and 3) LDH as a predictor of changes in dural sac areas and disc height after four and eight years. Methods: The study sample was assembled using a population-based cohort study of 41 year olds called “Backs on Funen Cohort”. All individuals who...

  19. Two cycles of adjuvant carboplatin in stage I seminoma: 8-year experience by the Hellenic Cooperative Oncology Group (HECOG).

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    Koutsoukos, Konstantinos; Tzannis, Kimon; Christodoulou, Christos; Karavasilis, Vasilios; Bakoyiannis, Charalambos; Makatsoris, Thomas; Papandreou, C N; Pectasides, Dimitrios; Dimopoulos, Meletios A; Bamias, Aristotelis

    2016-06-01

    Following the establishment of adjuvant carboplatin in stage I testicular seminoma as a standard, we adopted this treatment for all stage I seminoma patients. We report our 8-year experience and compare these results with our previous adjuvant etoposide/cisplatin (EP) strategy. Patients with stage I seminoma, treated with adjuvant carboplatin and with a minimum follow-up of 1 year, were included. Two cycles of carboplatin [area under the curve (AUC) 6] were administered. A total of 138 patients with median age of 34 years, treated from September 2003 to December 2011, were selected. There were 5 relapses [5-year relapse-free rate (RFR) 96.8 % (95 % confidence interval 91.6-98.8)]: 3 relapses at retroperitoneal lymph nodes, 1 relapse at the adrenal gland, and 1 isolated brain metastasis. Four patients with relapse were cured with salvage chemotherapy. All patients with relapse had tumor diameter ≥4 cm and/or age ≤34 years. Patients with at least 1 of the above risk factors (n = 111) had a significantly higher relapse rate compared with a similar population (n = 64) treated with 2 cycles of adjuvant EP: 5-year RFR was 95 % (SE 2 %) versus 100 % (SE 0 %), (p = 0.067). Age and tumor diameter were associated with relapse in stage I seminoma treated with adjuvant carboplatin. Although adjuvant carboplatin in patients with age ≤34 and/or tumor diameter ≥4 cm is associated with higher relapse rates than EP, the prognosis of these patients is excellent, and therefore, the use of less toxic treatment is justified.

  20. Shandong Plans to Cultivate Two Aluminum Industry Groups with Sales Income Topping 100 billion yuan Within Three Years

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    2015-01-01

    Recently,Shandong Province unveiled"Nonferrous Industry Transition and Upgrading Plan",which proposed that by 2017 it would cultivate 2 ultra large aluminum industry groups with sales income topping 100 billion yuan,aluminum capacity will be reduced to 9million tonnes;before 2020 it will no longer add new capacity.

  1. Multi-season, multi-year concentrations and correlations amongst the BTEX group of VOCs in an urbanized industrial city

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    Miller, Lindsay; Xu, Xiaohong; Grgicak-Mannion, Alice; Brook, Jeffrey; Wheeler, Amanda

    2012-12-01

    An air quality monitoring study focusing on spatial patterns was carried out in the urban industrial city of Windsor, Ontario, Canada (42.267°N, 82.95°W). This study took place over a three-year period (2004-2006), during all four seasons for a total of 12 two-week sampling periods (each with approximately 50 sites) at 162 sites across the city. Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, (m + p)-xylene, and o-xylene (BTEX) were measured using 3M #3500 Organic Vapor Samples (Guillevan, Montreal). Results from this investigation indicate that significant variability is present temporally (seasonally and annually) and spatially. The three-year mean concentrations in μg m-3 were: benzene (0.76), toluene (2.75), ethylbenzene (0.45), o-xylene (0.47), (m + p)-xylene (1.36), and total BTEX (5.64), with greater variability within each year compared with variability between the three years. Concentrations were highly correlated between most BTEX species, consistent with previous studies in urban areas. Toluene to benzene ratios were consistent between years, with the highest observed ratios occurring in summer, the lowest in winter, and fall and spring values falling in between. The range of ratios suggests that the majority of these two compounds originate from mobile emissions. (m + p)-Xylene to ethylbenzene ratios, used as indicators of photochemical age, showed a three-year mean of 3.0 with little spatial and temporal variability suggesting that relatively fresh and homogenous sources of these species are present in this area. The seasonal trends across the spatial network were representative of the seasonal patterns obtained at a long term monitoring station, with both methods indicating that fall and spring concentrations were preferred proxies of annual means. However, significant spatial variability of concentrations was observed. The upper range of concentrations compared with the values obtained at the central monitoring station differed by up to a factor of six

  2. Unconventional superconductivity in Ba(0.6)K(0.4)Fe2As2 from inelastic neutron scattering.

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    Christianson, A D; Goremychkin, E A; Osborn, R; Rosenkranz, S; Lumsden, M D; Malliakas, C D; Todorov, I S; Claus, H; Chung, D Y; Kanatzidis, M G; Bewley, R I; Guidi, T

    2008-12-18

    A new family of superconductors containing layers of iron arsenide has attracted considerable interest because of their high transition temperatures (T(c)), some of which are >50 K, and because of similarities with the high-T(c) copper oxide superconductors. In both the iron arsenides and the copper oxides, superconductivity arises when an antiferromagnetically ordered phase has been suppressed by chemical doping. A universal feature of the copper oxide superconductors is the existence of a resonant magnetic excitation, localized in both energy and wavevector, within the superconducting phase. This resonance, which has also been observed in several heavy-fermion superconductors, is predicted to occur when the sign of the superconducting energy gap takes opposite values on different parts of the Fermi surface, an unusual gap symmetry which implies that the electron pairing interaction is repulsive at short range. Angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy shows no evidence of gap anisotropy in the iron arsenides, but such measurements are insensitive to the phase of the gap on separate parts of the Fermi surface. Here we report inelastic neutron scattering observations of a magnetic resonance below T(c) in Ba(0.6)K(0.4)Fe(2)As(2), a phase-sensitive measurement demonstrating that the superconducting energy gap has unconventional symmetry in the iron arsenide superconductors.

  3. Thermal sensor properties of PANI(EB)–CSA ( = 0.4 ± 0.1 mol) polymer thin films

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    T Prakash; S A K Narayan Dass; K Prem Nazeer

    2002-11-01

    Films of polyaniline(EB) doped with camphor sulfonic acid (CSA) from -cresol on glass substrates exhibit considerable metallic properties. Such polymer metallic films have thermal sensitivity superior to ceramic metal (Cermet) films, prepared by metallo organic deposition (MOD) technique on silicon substrates. These PANI(EB)–CSA ( = 0.5, 0.4, 0.3 mol) polymer films were developed through controlled temperature atmosphere 60 ± 2°C for 60 min, and with the help of temperature dependence of resistivity (ρ) values, high temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) i.e. values, and figure of merit (ρ ) values of these films, thermal sensitivity were compared from that we observed. Among the three doping ratios the PANI(EB)–CSA$_{0.3 mol}$ film (4.4 m thick) on glass substrate resistivity (ρ) values in the range of 838–1699 .m with high TCR i.e. = 10,291 ppm/°C and figure of merit (ρ ) value in range of 8.62–17.48 m/°C seems to be the best. This paper deals with these superior thermal-sensing properties together with optical studies and surface topography by atomic force microscopy (AFM). These polymer films offer design advantages in developing ‘thin film polymer thermal sensor’.

  4. Structure cristalline de type alluaudite K0.4Na3.6Co(MoO43

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A new triple molybdate, potassium sodium cobalt tris(molybdate, K0.4Na3.6Co(MoO43, was synthesized using solid-state reactions. The Co2+ and one Na+ cation are located at the same general site, each with occupancy 0.5. Another site (site symmetry 2 is occupied by Na+ and K+ cations, with occupancies of 0.597 (7 and 0.402 (6, respectively. The other two Na+ cations and one of the two Mo atoms lie on special positions (site symmetries -1, 2 and 2, respectively. The structure is characterized by M2O10 (M = Co/Na dimers, which are linked by MoO4 tetrahedra, forming infinite layers. The latter are connected firstly by insertion of one type of MoO4 tetrahedra and secondly by sharing corners with the other type of MoO4 tetrahedra. This results in an open three-dimensional framework with the cavities occupied by the Na+ and K+ cations. The structure is isotypic with Na3In2As3O12 and Na3In2P3O12. A comparison is made with structures such as K2Co2(MoO43 and β-NaFe2(MoO43 and their differences are discussed.

  5. Precipitation sequence and kinetics in a Mg-4Sm-1Zn-0.4Zr (wt%) alloy

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    Xia, Xiangyu, E-mail: xxia5@wisc.edu [Materials Science Program, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1509 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1509 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Luo, Alan A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1509 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, 116 W. 19th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States); Stone, Donald S. [Materials Science Program, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1509 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1509 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)

    2015-11-15

    The present research presents a series of investigations into phase identification and precipitation sequence in Mg-4Sm-1Zn-0.4Zr alloy, using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM). The precipitation sequence is: super saturated solid solution (S.S.S.S) → solute atom clusters → γ″ → γ′ (→stacking faults) → γ. Structure of γ″ has been determined as an ordered hexagonal GP zone, a = 0.556 nm, c = 0.414 nm γ′ is composed of several γ″ layers. Kinetic studies show that quenched-in vacancies play an important role in the formation of solute clusters, while the growth of both precipitates are diffusion controlled. Analysis of microstructure evolution suggests that nucleation of γ′ happens near existing γ″ precipitates. - Highlights: • Precipitation sequence in a high-zinc magnesium-samarium-zinc-zirconium alloy has been identified. • Structures of metastable precipitates are modified directly with HAADF-STEM. • Kinetic calculations were performed to understand nucleation/growth mechanisms of these precipitates.

  6. The nature of dusty starburst galaxies in a rich cluster at z=0.4: the progenitors of lenticulars?

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    Geach, J E; Moran, Sean M; Treu, Tommaso; Ellis, Richard S

    2008-01-01

    We present the results of a Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) survey of 24um-selected luminous infrared galaxies (LIRGs, L_IR > 10^11 L_sun) in the rich cluster Cl0024+16 at z=0.4. Optically, these LIRGs resemble unremarkable spiral galaxies with e(a)/e(c) spectral classifications and [Oii]-derived star formation rates (SFRs) of <2 M_sun/yr, generally indistinguishable from the 'quiescent' star forming population in the cluster. Our IRS spectra show that the majority of the 24um-detected galaxies exhibit polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emission with implied SFRs ~30-60 M_sun/yr, with only one (<10%) of the sample displaying unambiguous evidence of an active galactic nucleus in the mid-infrared. This confirms the presence of a large population of obscured starburst galaxies in distant clusters, which comprise the bulk of the star formation occurring in these environments at z~0.5. We suggest that, although several mechanisms could be at play, these dusty starbursts could be the signature of an im...

  7. HRTEM studies of aging precipitate phases in the Mg-10Gd-3Y-0.4Zr alloy

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    王冬舒; 李德江; 谢艳才; 曾小勤

    2016-01-01

    Rare-earth (RE) element addition can remarkably improve the mechanical properties of magnesium alloys through pre-cipitation hardening. The morphology, distribution and crystal structure of precipitates are regarded as major strengthening mecha-nisms in the Mg-RE alloys. In order to understand the formation of precipitates during aging at 225 ºC in a Mg-10Gd-3Y-0.4Zr alloy (GW103K) with high strength and heat resistance, a high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) was employed to characterize the microstructural evolution. It was found that three types of precipitates were observed in the alloy at the early stage, named as: single layer D019 structure, one single layer D019 structure and one layer of Mg, two parallel single layers (containing RE) and Mg layer in between, which was regarded as ordered segregation of RE, precursors to formβ′ andβ′ phase, respectively. Both ofβ′ andβ′ phase were transformed from the precursors. It was also found that large size ofβ′ phase and the small size ofβ′ phase were constantly existent in the whole aging process.β′ phase played a major role in the strengthening of the GW103K alloys and the de-crease of the hardness was caused by the coarsening ofβ′ phase.

  8. HI 21-cm absorption survey of quasar-galaxy pairs: Distribution of cold gas around z<0.4 galaxies

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    Dutta, R; Gupta, N; Momjian, E; Noterdaeme, P; Petitjean, P; Rahmani, H

    2016-01-01

    We present the results from our survey of HI 21-cm absorption, using GMRT, VLA and WSRT, in a sample of 55 z<0.4 galaxies towards radio sources with impact parameters (b) in the range ~0-35 kpc. In our primary sample (defined for statistical analyses) of 40 quasar-galaxy-pairs (QGPs), probed by 45 sightlines, we have found seven HI 21-cm absorption detections, two of which are reported here for the first time. Combining our primary sample with measurements having similar optical depth sensitivity ($\\int\\tau dv$ <= 0.3 km/s) from the literature, we find a weak anti-correlation (rank correlation coefficient = -0.20 at 2.42sigma level) between $\\int\\tau dv$ and b, consistent with previous literature results. The covering factor of HI 21-cm absorbers (C_21) is estimated to be 0.24 (+0.12/-0.08) at b <= 15 kpc and 0.06 (+0.09/-0.04) at b = 15-35 kpc. $\\int\\tau dv$ and C_21 show similar declining trend with radial distance along the galaxy's major axis and distances scaled with the effective HI radius. The...

  9. Investigation on femto-second laser irradiation assisted shock peening of medium carbon (0.4% C) steel

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    Majumdar, Jyotsna Dutta; Gurevich, Evgeny L.; Kumari, Renu; Ostendorf, Andreas

    2016-02-01

    In the present study, the effect of femtosecond laser irradiation on the peening behavior of 0.4% C steel has been evaluated. Laser irradiation has been conducted with a 100 μJ and 300 fs laser with multiple pulses under varied energy. Followed by laser irradiation, a detailed characterization of the processed zone was undertaken by scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction technique. Finally, the residual stress distribution, microhardness and wear resistance properties of the processed zone were also evaluated. Laser processing leads to shock peening associated with plasma formation and its expansion, formation of martensite and ferrito-pearlitic phase in the microstructure. Due to laser processing, there is introduction of residual stress on the surface which varies from high tensile (140 MPa) to compressive (-335 MPa) as compared to 152 MPa of the substrate. There is a significant increase in microhardness to 350-500 VHN as compared to 250 VHN of substrate. The fretting wear behavior against hardened steel ball shows a significant reduction in wear depth due to laser processing. Finally, a conclusion of the mechanism of wear has been established.

  10. Nitrogen hydrides in interstellar gas: Herschel/HIFI observations towards G10.6-0.4 (W31C)

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    Persson, C M; Cernicharo, J; Goicoechea, J R; Hassel, G E; Herbst, E; Gerin, M; De Luca, M; Bell, T A; Coutens, A; Falgarone, E; Goldsmith, P F; Gupta, H; Kazmierczak, M; Lis, D C; Mookerjea, B; Neufeld, D A; Pearson, J; Phillips, T G; Sonnentrucker, P; Stutzki, J; Vastel, C; Yu, S; Boulanger, F; Dartois, E; Encrenaz, P; Geballe, T R; Giesen, T; Godard, B; Gry, C; Hennebelle, P; Hily-Blant, P; Joblin, C; Kolos, R; Krelowski, J; Martin-Pintado, J; Menten, K; Monje, R; Perault, M; Plume, R; Salez, M; Schlemmer, S; Schmidt, M; Teyssier, D; Peron, I; Cais, P; Gaufre, P; Cros, A; Ravera, L; Morris, P; Lord, S; Planesas, P

    2010-01-01

    The HIFI instrument on board the Herschel Space Observatory has been used to observe interstellar nitrogen hydrides along the sight-line towards G10.6-0.4 in order to improve our understanding of the interstellar chemistry of nitrogen. We report observations of absorption in NH N=1-0, J=2-1 and ortho-NH2 1_1,1-0_0,0. We also observed ortho-NH3 1_0-0_0, and 2_0-1_0, para-NH3 2_1-1_1, and searched unsuccessfully for NH+. All detections show emission and absorption associated directly with the hot-core source itself as well as absorption by foreground material over a wide range of velocities. All spectra show similar, non-saturated, absorption features, which we attribute to diffuse molecular gas. Total column densities over the velocity range 11-54 km/s are estimated. The similar profiles suggest fairly uniform abundances relative to hydrogen, approximately 6*10^-9, 3*10^-9, and 3*10^-9 for NH, NH2, and NH3, respectively. These abundances are discussed with reference to models of gas-phase and surface chemistry...

  11. Demographics and Physical Properties of Gas Out/Inflows at 0.4 < z < 1.4

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    Martin, Crystal L; Coil, Alison L; Kornei, Katherine A; Weiner, Benjamin J; Noeske, Kai G; Schiminovich, David

    2012-01-01

    We present Keck/LRIS spectra of over 200 galaxies with well-determined redshifts between 0.4 and 1.4. We combine new measurements of near-ultraviolet, low-ionization absorption lines with previously measured masses, luminosities, colors, and star formation rates to describe the demographics and properties of galactic flows. Among star-forming galaxies with blue colors, we find a net blueshift of the Fe II absorption greater than 200 km/s (100 km/s) towards 2.5% (20%) of the galaxies. The fraction of spectra with blueshifts decreases significantly among galaxies with specific star formation rates less than roughly 0.8 Gyr^{-1} and does not vary significantly with stellar mass, color, or luminosity. The insensitivity of the blueshifted fraction to galaxy properties favors collimated outflows, and in this context we demonstrate how the solid angle of the outflow declines with increasing outflow velocity. We also detect enriched infall towards 3-6% of the galaxies, apparently observed at an optimal viewing angle....

  12. Dissecting the Multiphase Circumgalactic Medium Around Three Massive Lensing Galaxies at z =0.4-0.7

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    Zahedy, Fakhri S; Rauch, Michael; Wilson, Michelle L; Zabludoff, Ann

    2015-01-01

    (abridged) We present multi-sightline absorption spectroscopy of the inner gaseous halo around three lensing galaxies at z=0.4-0.7. Their spectral and photometric properties are characteristic of nearby passive elliptical galaxies with half-light radii of r_e=2.6-8 kpc and estimated total stellar masses of log M*/Ms=10.6-11.2. The lensed QSO sightlines pass through the gaseous halo of the lensing galaxy at projected distances d=3-15 kpc or (1-2) r_e. Our absorption-line search reveals a diverse range of cool (temperature T~10^4 K) halo gas properties among the three lensing galaxies. Specifically, while the quadruple lens for HE0435-1223 shows no trace of associated Mg II or other ionic absorption features to very sensitive limits in all four sightlines, strong MgII absorbers are found along both sightlines at the redshift of the double lens for HE0047-1756, and in one of the two sightlines at the redshift of the lens for HE1104-1805. In addition to Mg II, associated FeII, MgI, and CaII absorption transitions...

  13. The Development of L2 Oral Language Skills in Two L1 Groups: A 7-Year Study

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    Derwing, Tracey M.; Munro, Murray J.

    2013-01-01

    Researching the longitudinal development of second language (L2) learners is essential to understanding influences on their success. This 7-year study of oral skills in adult immigrant learners of English as a second language evaluated comprehensibility, fluency, and accentedness in first-language (L1) Mandarin and Slavic language speakers. The…

  14. Impact of lifestyle factors on caries experience in three different age groups : 9, 15, and 21-year-olds

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    Dusseldorp, E.; Kamphuis, M.; Schuller, A.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives To study the impact of lifestyle factors on dental caries experiences in addition to the effect of demographic characteristics at the ages of 9, 15, and 21 years. Methods The data were obtained from the study ‘Oral health in children and adolescents in the Netherlands’. Data were

  15. Impact of lifestyle factors on caries experience in three different age groups : 9, 15, and 21-year-olds

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    Dusseldorp, Elise; Kamphuis, Mascha; Schuller, Annemarie

    ObjectivesTo study the impact of lifestyle factors on dental caries experiences in addition to the effect of demographic characteristics at the ages of 9, 15, and 21years. MethodsThe data were obtained from the study Oral health in children and adolescents in the Netherlands'. Data were collected

  16. Technology Supported Facilitation and Assessment of Small Group Collaborative Inquiry Learning in Large First-Year Classes

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    Lawrie, Gwendolyn A.; Gahan, Lawrence R.; Matthews, Kelly E.; Weaver, Gabriela C.; Bailey, Chantal; Adams, Peter; Kavanagh, Lydia J.; Long, Phillip D.; Taylor, Matthew

    2014-01-01

    Collaborative learning activities offer the potential to support mutual knowledge construction and shared understanding amongst students. Introducing collaborative tasks into large first-year undergraduate science classes to create learning environments that foster student engagement and enhance communication skills is appealing. However,…

  17. Impact of lifestyle factors on caries experience in three different age groups : 9, 15, and 21-year-olds

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    Dusseldorp, Elise; Kamphuis, Mascha; Schuller, Annemarie

    2015-01-01

    ObjectivesTo study the impact of lifestyle factors on dental caries experiences in addition to the effect of demographic characteristics at the ages of 9, 15, and 21years. MethodsThe data were obtained from the study Oral health in children and adolescents in the Netherlands'. Data were collected th

  18. Impact of lifestyle factors on caries experience in three different age groups : 9, 15, and 21-year-olds

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    Dusseldorp, E.; Kamphuis, M.; Schuller, A.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives To study the impact of lifestyle factors on dental caries experiences in addition to the effect of demographic characteristics at the ages of 9, 15, and 21 years. Methods The data were obtained from the study ‘Oral health in children and adolescents in the Netherlands’. Data were collecte

  19. Six percent hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 impacts differently on blood glucose than 4% gelatine in a swine model of mixed acidaemia.

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    Russ, Martin; Koch, Vera; Keckel, Tobias; Boemke, Willehad; Hiebl, Bernhard; Unger, Juliane K

    2009-12-01

    Tris-hydroxymethyl aminomethane can be used as a buffer in case of restricted ventilation, but hypoglycaemia is one adverse effect. The influence of a starch-based colloid [6% hydroxyethyl starch 130 kDa/0.4 (HES130)] vs. a gelatine-based colloid (4% polysuccinated gelatine) on blood glucose was investigated in a swine model of mixed acidaemia. Continuous colloid infusion was done in anaesthetized pigs with exogenously induced mixed acidaemia, which was maintained for 3 h. Pigs (approximately 40 kg, n = 6 in each group) were randomized to HES130 or 4% gelatine infusion (4 ml kg h(-1)). Infusion of an acid solution and low tidal volume ventilation induced mixed acidaemia. Treatment of mixed acidaemia with tris-hydroxymethyl aminomethane buffer, which is known to induce hypoglycaemia, prolonged anaesthesia, and volume support challenged the control of blood glucose. Hypoglycaemia was treated by individually dosed infusion of 5% glucose in sterile water. Bolus infusion of HES130 led to a moderate peak in blood glucose in four pigs. Four pigs in the 4% gelatine group and three in the HES130 group needed glucose infusion to prevent a drop in blood glucose levels below the set threshold (4 mmol l(-1)). The total amount of the glucose infusion was significantly lower in the HES130 group compared with the 4% gelatine group (100 vs. 295 ml per pig, median, P drop of blood glucose below 4 mmol l(-1). Volume support impacted specifically on blood glucose in this porcine model. Thus, an additional control of blood glucose seems recommendable whenever a change in the volume support occurs.

  20. Nitrogen uptake during one year in subarctic plant functional groups and in microbes after long-term warming and fertilization

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    Sørensen, Pernille Lærkedal; Michelsen, Anders; Jonasson, Sven Evert

    2008-01-01

    For the first time in an arctic long-term warming and fertilization experiment, the short-term (days) and longer-term (month and year) nitrogen (N) uptake and allocation in plants, microbes, and soil pools were studied, with 15N-labeling of an organic nitrogen form, glycine. The long-term warming...... and fertilization had no marked effect on soil inorganic N content, but both dissolved organic N (DON) and plant biomass did increase after fertilization. Soil microbes initially immobilized most of the added 15N, but in the following months, they lost two-thirds, while label concentration in plants increased....... After a year, however, the 15N recovered in microbes was still 10-fold higher than that in the plant biomass, showing the high importance of soil microbes in nutrient retention in arctic ecosystems, irrespective of the impact of long-term warming or fertilization. The effects of the treatments...

  1. Fifty years of Brazilian Dental Materials Group: scientific contributions of dental materials field evaluated by systematic review

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    Wellington Luiz de Oliveira ROSA; Tiago Machado SILVA; Lima, Giana da Silveira; SILVA, Adriana Fernandes; Piva,Evandro

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    ABSTRACT Objective A systematic review was conducted to analyze Brazilian scientific and technological production related to the dental materials field over the past 50 years. Material and Methods This study followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (Prisma) statement. Searches were performed until December 2014 in six databases: MedLine (PubMed), Scopus, LILACS, IBECS, BBO, and the Cochrane Library. Additionally, the Brazilian patent database (INPI -...

  2. The '0.4 eV' shape resonance of electron scattering from mercury in a Franck Hertz tube

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    Nicoletopoulos, Peter

    2004-05-01

    The alternative version of the Franck-Hertz experiment with mercury, in which a two-grid tube is used as a combination of electron gun, equipotential collision space and detection cell, was analysed recently in considerable detail. In particular, it was inferred that, at optimal pressure, the formation of peaks in the anode current at inelastic thresholds is mediated inside the detection cell by the large variation, a maximum at 0.4 eV, in the cross section for elastic scattering. This variation is due to a shape resonance in the electron-mercury system and is observable persuasively at the onset of anode current as a sharp peak followed by a clear minimum. In this paper, the passage of electrons through the second grid to the anode region is analysed in terms of kinetic theory. The discussion is based on a simplified expression for the electron current derivable from an approximate form of the Boltzmann transport equation that maintains the spatial density gradient but omits elastic energy losses. The estimated range of pressure underlying this kind of idealization is in good agreement with experiment. An explicit solution is obtained by constructing an analytic expression for the momentum transfer cross section of mercury using a recent theory of generalized Fano profiles for overlapping resonances. This solution is used in order to model successfully the formation of peaks at the threshold of anode current and at excitation potentials, and to explain the dependence of the observed profiles on the pressure and on the sign and magnitude of the potential across the detection cell.

  3. Can finasteride reverse the progress of benign prostatic hyperplasia? A two-year placebo-controlled study. The Scandinavian BPH Study Group

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    Andersen, J T; Ekman, P; Wolf, H;

    1995-01-01

    OBJECTIVES. To study if placebo-induced improvement in men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is maintained over 2 years, and to study the efficacy and safety from intervention with finasteride 5 mg for 24 months. METHODS. This was a multicenter, double-blind, placebo...... rate, prostate volume, postvoiding residual urinary volume, and serum concentrations of prostate-specific antigen together with laboratory safety parameters were measured at entry and at months 12 and 24. Interim physical and laboratory examinations were performed when indicated clinically. RESULTS....... The maximum urinary flow rate decreased in the placebo group, but improved in the finasteride group, resulting in a between-group difference of 1.8 mL/s at 24 months (P prostate volume was +12% in the placebo group versus -19% in the finasteride-treated group (P

  4. A study on some motoric and anthropometric attributes of competitive and non - competitive taekwondo athletes between the age group 9 - 12 years

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    Duygu SEVİNÇ

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of this study is to examine some motoric and antrophometric attributes of competitive and non - competitive taekwondo athletes within the age group 9 - 12 years and to det ermine the difference between those two groups. Material and method: 31 competitive and 29 non - competitive licensed taekwondo athletes voluntarily participated in the study. The average ages, heights and weight of competitive and non - competitive athletes w ere 11,16±,93 year, 150,58±17,14 cm and 43,80± 13,97 kg, 9,62±,82 year, 137,31±8,80 cm and 35,24±8,28 kg respectively. Both groups have been practising regularly taekwondo for 2,5 years, 2 days a week and two hours a day. Flamingo balance test, test of dis k touching, sit and reach flexibility test, long jump while standing still, 30 sec sit - up test, bent arm pull - up test and 10x5m push up run, right and left hand grip strength test and 20 m shuttle run of the Eurofit test battery were used. Body fat percen t, body fat mass, fat free mass, body mass index values were measured. Such antrophometric attributes as hand length, calf and femur circumference, arm length, biceps circumference in flexion, arm span length were measured. Results: Results of statistical analyses showed a significant difference between two groups in terms of motoric scores (p<0,01, p<0,001, antrophometric characteristics ( p<0,01, p<0,001, and fat free mass ( p<0,001 in favor of the competitive group. Conclusion: Compared with the no n - competitive group, significant differences in competitive group can be explained by their active participation in competitions.

  5. Nanosized LaCo0.6Fe0.4O3 perovskites synthesized by citrate sol gel auto combustion method

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available LaCo0.6 Fe0.4 O3 (LCFO nanopowder was synthesized from constituent metal nitrates, citric acid and ethylene glycol by citrate sol gel autocombustion method and calcined at different temperatures. The powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR, whereas dielectric properties were investigated with LCR-meter. The FTIR spectra, taken for the xerogel and the sample calcined at 1000 °C, confirm that the organic groups were removed during calcination and oxide structure was formed. The XRD result shows that LCFO has rhombhohedral crystal structure with R-3C space group and forms single phase after calcination at 600 °C. The activation energy of crystallite growth, determined from the Arrhenius plot, was 17±2 kJ/mol. Surface feature studies of the powders were obtained from SEM. At 1000 °C, dense microstructure with well-shaped grain boundaries was obtained and the average grain size was around 400 nm. EDAX confirms the elemental composition. Finally, from the dielectric studies, it was found that the dielectric constant (εr as well as dielectric loss tangent (tan δ decreases with increase in frequency.

  6. Prostaglandin E2 Levels of Aqueous and Vitreous Humor in Ketorolac 0.4% and Nepafenac 0.1% Administered Healthy Rabbits.

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    Acar, Ugur; Acar, Damla Erginturk; Tanriverdi, Cafer; Acar, Mutlu; Ozdemir, Ozdemir; Erikci, Acelya; Ornek, Firdevs

    2017-06-01

    To compare the lowering effects of ketorolac 0.4% and nepafenac 0.1% on aqueous and vitreous humor prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) levels in rabbits. Ketorolac and nepafenac ophthalmic solutions were administered to the right eyes of 24 healthy rabbits after randomized division into two groups. The left eyes of these rabbits were considered as controls for the two groups. On the 4th day of the experiment, the samples were taken from the aqueous and vitreous humors of the rabbits bilaterally, and PGE2 levels were measured by an enzyme immune assay kit. Ketorolac and nepafenac achieved a statistically significant decrease (phumor (6.58 ± 4.62 and 9.83 ± 4.55 pg/mL, respectively). Both ketorolac and nepafenac inhibited PGE2 levels in both the aqueous and vitreous humors of rabbits. Although PGE2-lowering effects were similar in the aqueous humor, nepafenac seemed to be more potent than ketorolac in the vitreous humor.

  7. Reinvestigation of the Direct Two-proton Decay of the Long-lived Isomer 94Agm [0.4 s, 6.7 MeV, (21+)

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    Cerny, J.; Moltz, D. M.; Lee, D. W.; Perajarvi, K.; Barquest, B. R.; Grossman, L. E.; Jeong, W.; Jewett, C.

    2009-03-05

    An attempt to confirm the reported direct one-proton and two-proton decays of the (21+) isomer at 6.7(5) MeV in 94Ag has been made. The 0.39(4) s half-life of the isomer permitted use of a helium-jet system to transport reaction products from the 40Ca + natNi reaction at 197 MeV to a low-background area; 24 gas Delta E-(Si) E detector telescopes were used to identify emitted protons down to 0.4 MeV. No evidence was obtained for two-proton radioactivity with a summed energy of 1.9(1) MeV and a branching ratio of 0.5(3)percent. Two groups of one-proton radioactivity from this isomer had also been reported; our data confirm the lower energy group at 0.79(3) MeV with its branching ratio of 1.9(5)percent.

  8. What Hispanic parents do to encourage and discourage 3-5 year old children to be active: a qualitative study using nominal group technique.

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    O'Connor, Teresia M; Cerin, Ester; Hughes, Sheryl O; Robles, Jessica; Thompson, Deborah; Baranowski, Tom; Lee, Rebecca E; Nicklas, Theresa; Shewchuk, Richard M

    2013-08-06

    Hispanic preschoolers are less active than their non-Hispanic peers. As part of a feasibility study to assess environmental and parenting influences on preschooler physical activity (PA) (Niños Activos), the aim of this study was to identify what parents do to encourage or discourage PA among Hispanic 3-5 year old children to inform the development of a new PA parenting practice instrument and future interventions to increase PA among Hispanic youth. Nominal Group Technique (NGT), a structured multi-step group procedure, was used to elicit and prioritize responses from 10 groups of Hispanic parents regarding what parents do to encourage (5 groups) or discourage (5 groups) preschool aged children to be active. Five groups consisted of parents with low education (less than high school) and 5 with high education (high school or greater) distributed between the two NGT questions. Ten NGT groups (n = 74, range 4-11/group) generated 20-46 and 42-69 responses/group for practices that encourage or discourage PA respectively. Eight to 18 responses/group were elected as the most likely to encourage or discourage PA. Parental engagement in child activities, modeling PA, and feeding the child well were identified as parenting practices that encourage child PA. Allowing TV and videogame use, psychological control, physical or emotional abuse, and lack of parental engagement emerged as parenting practices that discourage children from being active. There were few differences in the pattern of responses by education level. Parents identified ways they encourage and discourage 3-5 year-olds from PA, suggesting both are important targets for interventions. These will inform the development of a new PA parenting practice scale to be further evaluated. Further research should explore the role parents play in discouraging child PA, especially in using psychological control or submitting children to abuse, which were new findings in this study.

  9. Similar group mean scores, but large individual variations, in patient-relevant outcomes over 2 years in meniscectomized subjects with and without radiographic knee osteoarthritis

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    Paradowski, Przemyslaw T; Englund, Martin; Roos, Ewa M.;

    2004-01-01

    or individual levels. Such information is needed for identification of study cohorts and planning of clinical trials. The aim of the study was, thus, to assess the variation in pain and function on group and individual level over 2 years in previously meniscectomized individuals with and without radiographic...

  10. The Moving Group Targets of the SEEDS High-contrast Imaging Survey of Exoplanets and Disks: Results and Observations from the First Three Years

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    Brandt, T.D.; et al., [Unknown; Thalmann, C.

    2014-01-01

    We present results from the first three years of observations of moving group (MG) targets in the Strategic Exploration of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru (SEEDS) high-contrast imaging survey of exoplanets and disks using the Subaru telescope. We achieve typical contrasts of ~105 at 1'' and ~106

  11. The Moving Group Targets of the SEEDS High-contrast Imaging Survey of Exoplanets and Disks: Results and Observations from the First Three Years

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    Brandt, T.D.; et al., [Unknown; Thalmann, C.

    2014-01-01

    We present results from the first three years of observations of moving group (MG) targets in the Strategic Exploration of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru (SEEDS) high-contrast imaging survey of exoplanets and disks using the Subaru telescope. We achieve typical contrasts of ~105 at 1'' and ~106 be

  12. Improving Executive Functions in 5- and 6-year-olds: Evaluation of a Small Group Intervention in Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Children

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    Röthlisberger, Marianne; Neuenschwander, Regula; Cimeli, Patriza; Michel, Eva; Roebers, Claudia M.

    2012-01-01

    Research suggests a central role of executive functions for children's cognitive and social development during preschool years, especially in promoting school readiness. Interventions aiming to improve executive functions are therefore being called for. The present study examined the effect of a small group intervention implemented in kindergarten…

  13. Facilitation of the Estuary/Ocean Subgroup and the Expert Regional Technical Group, Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report

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    Johnson, Gary E.; Sather, Nichole K.

    2013-10-30

    This project covers facilitation of the Estuary/Ocean Subgroup (EOS) for federal research, monitoring, and evaluation (RME) and the Expert Regional Technical Group (ERTG) for estuary habitat restoration. The EOS is part of the research, monitoring, and evaluation effort that the Action Agencies (Bonneville Power Administration [BPA], U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [Corps], U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) developed in response to obligations arising from the Endangered Species Act as applied to operation of the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS). The EOS is tasked by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Action Agencies (AAs) to design and coordinate implementation of the federal RME plan for the lower Columbia River and estuary, including the river’s plume in the ocean. Initiated in 2002, the EOS is composed of members from BPA, the Corps, NMFS, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Marine Sciences Laboratory, and other agencies as necessary.

  14. SERUM PROLACTIN LEVEL IN ACNE PATIENTS VERSUS CONTROL GROUP: STUDY ON 14 TO 35 YEARS OLD WOMEN

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    Full Text Available Introduction. Androgens have a main role in acne pathogenesis. The interaction between prolactin and androgens generate the hypothesis of prolactin role in acne pathogenesis. Methods. In a case - control study, 71 women with modearte to severe acne were compaired with 71 healthy women about their serum prolactin levels. Results. Mean of serum prolactin level was 533 632 miu/lit in cases. Mean of serum prolactin level was 365 363 in control group (P > 0.05. There was a significant correlation between serum prolactin level and severity of acne. Discussion. Despite the non significant difference between serum prolactin level in acne patients and healthy women, thare was a significant relationship between serum prolactin level and severity of acne. It may be due to our small sample size. However, the more powerful studies is needed.

  15. Discriminatory power of game-related statistics in 14-15 year age group male volleyball, according to set.

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    García-Hermoso, Antonio; Dávila-Romero, Carlos; Saavedra, Jose M

    2013-02-01

    This study compared volleyball game-related statistics by outcome (winners and losers of sets) and set number (total, initial, and last) to identify characteristics that discriminated game performance. Game-related statistics from 314 sets (44 matches) played by teams of male 14- to 15-year-olds in a regional volleyball championship were analysed (2011). Differences between contexts (winning or losing teams) and "set number" (total, initial, and last) were assessed. A discriminant analysis was then performed according to outcome (winners and losers of sets) and "set number" (total, initial, and last). The results showed differences (winning or losing sets) in several variables of Complexes I (attack point and error reception) and II (serve and aces). Game-related statistics which discriminate performance in the sets index the serve, positive reception, and attack point. The predictors of performance at these ages when players are still learning could help coaches plan their training.

  16. Eight years' experience with a Medical Education Journal Club in Mexico: a quasi-experimental one-group study.

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    Sánchez-Mendiola, Melchor; Morales-Castillo, Daniel; Torruco-García, Uri; Varela-Ruiz, Margarita

    2015-12-14

    A time-honored strategy for keeping up to date in medicine and improving critical appraisal skills is the Journal Club (JC). There are several reports of its use in medicine and allied health sciences but almost no reports of JC focused on medical education. The purpose of the study is to describe and evaluate an eight years' experience with a medical education Journal Club (MEJC). We started a monthly medical education JC in 2006 at UNAM Faculty of Medicine in Mexico City. Its goal is to provide faculty with continuing professional development in medical education. A discussion guide and a published paper were sent 2 weeks before sessions. We reviewed the themes and publication types of the papers used in the sessions, and in June-July 2014 administered a retrospective post-then-pre evaluation questionnaire to current participants that had been regular attendees to the JC for more than 2 years. The retrospective post-then-pre comparisons were analyzed with Wilcoxon signed-rank test. Effect sizes were calculated for the pre-post comparisons with Cohen's r. There have been 94 MEJC sessions until July 2014. Average attendance is 20 persons, a mix of clinicians, educators, psychologists and a sociologist. The articles were published in 32 different journals, and covered several medical education themes (curriculum, faculty development, educational research methodology, learning methods, assessment, residency education). 22 Attendees answered the evaluation instrument. The MEJC had a positive evaluation from good to excellent, and there was an improvement in self-reported competencies in medical education literature critical appraisal and behaviors related to the use of evidence in educational practice, with a median effect size higher than 0.5. The evaluation instrument had a Cronbach's alpha of 0.96. A periodic Medical Education Journal Club can improve critical appraisal of the literature, and be maintained long-term using evidence-based strategies. This activity

  17. Uveitis in Behçet disease in a tertiary center over 25 years: the KKESH Uveitis Survey Study Group.

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    Arevalo, J Fernando; Lasave, Andres F; Al Jindan, Mohanna Yousef; Al Sabaani, Nasser Abdulmohsen; Al-Mahmood, Ammar M; Al-Zahrani, Yahya A; Al Dhibi, Hassan A

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    To describe the features of Behçet-associated uveitis over a 25-year period. Retrospective observational case series. A chart review of patients with Behçet-associated uveitis who were evaluated from January 1986 to December 2011 at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Saudi Arabia. Demographic data, symptoms, type of uveitis, treatment, and complications were evaluated. The main outcome measures were presenting symptoms, types of uveitis, treatment, and complications. There were 132 patients (232 eyes; 102 male [77.3%]) evaluated with age of onset of 36.9 ± 11.4 years. Panuveitis was the most common presentation, affecting 118 patients (89.4%). Episodes were bilateral in 100 patients (75.8%). Baseline best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 20/125 in both eyes. Retinal vasculitis at presentation occurred in 61 eyes (26.3%), occlusive vasculitis in 59 eyes (25.4%), and macular edema in 42 eyes (18.1%). Common therapeutic management included oral corticosteroids in 123 patients (93.2%), intravenous steroid therapy in 35 patients (26.5%), cyclosporine in 98 patients (74.2%), and azathioprine in 65 patients (49.2%). Common anterior segment complications included glaucoma (44 eyes, 19%) and cataracts (34 eyes, 14.7%). The most common posterior segment complication was optic nerve atrophy. Cataract surgery was the most common surgery. At last visit, BCVA was better than 20/50 in 131 eyes (56.5%). Behçet-associated uveitis predominantly affects young men in Saudi Arabia. Bilateral panuveitis associated with retinal vasculitis was the most common manifestation. More than 50% of patients maintained 20/50 or better BCVA at final follow-up and were primarily managed with oral corticosteroids and other immunosuppressive agents. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. On the evolution of the star formation rate function of massive galaxies: constraints at 0.4 MUSIC catalogue

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    Fontanot, Fabio; Cristiani, Stefano; Santini, Paola; Fontana, Adriano; Grazian, Andrea; Somerville, Rachel S.

    2012-03-01

    We study the evolution of the star formation rate function (SFRF) of massive (M★ > 1010 M⊙) galaxies over the 0.4 Origins Deep Survey-Multiwavelength Southern Infrared Catalog (GOODS-MUSIC) catalogue, which provides a suitable coverage of the spectral region from 0.3 to 24 ?m and either spectroscopic or photometric redshifts for each object. Individual SFRs have been obtained by combining ultraviolet and 24-?m observations, when the latter were available. For all other sources a 'spectral energy distribution (SED) fitting' SFR estimate has been considered. We then define a stellar mass limited sample, complete in the M★ > 1010 M⊙ range and determine the SFRF using the 1/Vmax algorithm. We thus define simulated galaxy catalogues based on the predictions of three different state-of-the-art semi-analytical models (SAMs) of galaxy formation and evolution, and compare them with the observed SFRF. We show that the theoretical SFRFs are well described by a double power law functional form and its redshift evolution is approximated with high accuracy by a pure evolution of the typical SFR (SFR★). We find good agreement between model predictions and the high-SFR end of the SFRF, when the observational errors on the SFR are taken into account. However, the observational SFRF is characterized by a double-peaked structure, which is absent in its theoretical counterparts. At z > 1.0 the observed SFRF shows a relevant density evolution, which is not reproduced by SAMs, due to the well-known overprediction of intermediate-mass galaxies at z˜ 2. SAMs are thus able to reproduce the most intense SFR events observed in the GOODS-MUSIC sample and their redshift distribution. At the same time, the agreement at the low-SFR end is poor: all models overpredict the space density of SFR ˜ 1 M⊙ yr-1 and no model reproduces the double-peaked shape of the observational SFRF. If confirmed by deeper infrared observations, this discrepancy will provide a key constraint on

  19. Recrystallization and texture evolution of Mg-3%Al-1%Zn-(0.4-0.8)%Sr alloys during extrusion

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    Sadeghi, Alireza, E-mail: Alireza.sadeghi@mail.mcgill.ca [McGill University, Department of Mining and Materials Science, Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Pekguleryuz, Mihriban [McGill University, Department of Mining and Materials Science, Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

    2011-01-25

    Research highlights: {yields} The deformation behavior of a new magnesium alloy system (Mg-Al-Zn-Sr) have been thoroughly analyzed via hot extrusion tests, texture measurements, hot compression tests and extensive microscopy ranging from OM, SEM and TEM on microstructures. {yields} The effect of Sr on formation of <10.0> deformation texture in the (Mg-Al-Zn-Sr) complex alloy has been determined with X-ray diffraction and verified via EBSD and TEM investigations. {yields} Activation of different dynamic recrystallization micro-mechanisms (grain boundary bulging, particle-stimulated nucleation and twining) at different composition-temperature conditions has been investigated using texture, microstructure and hot compression results. - Abstract: Microstructure and texture evolution during the extrusion of AZ31 magnesium alloy containing 0.4 and 0.8 wt%Sr has been investigated. Following extrusion at 250 deg. C, the microstructure consists of fine recrystallized and large elongated grains along with Al{sub 4}Sr stringer precipitates. Extrusion at 350 deg. C results in larger and more uniform grain size. Grain refinement and nucleation of new grains were associated with sub-grain formation in the elongated grains, grain boundary bulging, and nucleation at the particle interfaces. Texture measurements in the extrusion deformation zone show an increase in the basal ring fiber-texture from the undeformed zone toward the die opening. Compared to AZ31 without Sr, the texture intensity increases with increasing Sr at 250 deg. C, whereas the strength of extrusion fiber texture decreases at 350 deg. C. The Al solubility in the {alpha}-Mg matrix decreases with increasing the Sr and the Al solute atmosphere around the dislocations weakens. Due to the reduction of the solute drag effect, dislocation movement is facilitated and dynamic recrystallization becomes more intensive resulting in strengthening the texture during extrusion at 250 deg. C. The decrease in texture intensity at

  20. Friendship groups and physical activity: qualitative findings on how physical activity is initiated and maintained among 10–11 year old children

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    Page Angie S

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Many youth physical activity interventions have minimal effect. To design better interventions we need to understand more about the factors that influence youth activity. Application of self-determination theory to youth physical activity, particularly the relatedness and competence, might suggest that friends and friendship groups influence the initiation and maintenance of youth physical activity. In this study we examined this issue. Methods Seventeen focus groups were conducted with 113, 10–11 year old children, from 11 primary schools in Bristol, UK. Focus groups examined: 1 the nature of children's friendship groups; 2 associations between physical activity and social group status; and 3 how friendship groups affect the initiation and maintenance of physical activity. All focus groups were audio-taped and transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed using content analysis. Results Participants reported that there were three different types of friendship groups; School friends; Neighborhood friends; and Other Friends who were friends from organized activities or children of their parents' friends. Participants had multiple groups of friends and engaged in different activities with the different groups. Possessing several groups of friends was desirable as it kept the friendships fresh and interesting. Physical activity was perceived as a positive attribute and linked to social status among boys. Among girls the association between physical activity ability and social status was more complex, appearing to differ by the norms of the group to which participants belonged. Some participants reported that low activity ability could be perceived as desirable in some social groups. Participants reported that friends provide support to initiate physical activity via co-participation (i.e. engaging in activity together; modeling of being active; and providing verbal support to engage in activity. Enjoyment was the most important

  1. Cr-poisoning of a LaNi0.6Fe0.4O3 cathode under current load

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    Stodolny, M.K.; Boukamp, B.A.; Blank, D.H.A.; Berkel, van F.P.F.

    2012-01-01

    This study demonstrates the significant impact of Cr-poisoning on the performance of the $LaNi_{0.6}Fe_{0.4}O_3$ (LNF) SOFC cathode under current load. Volatile Cr-species, originating from a porous metallic foam, enter the working electrode and modify both the LNF cathode layer and the $Gd_{0.4}Ce_

  2. Repetition, response mobilization, and face: Analysis of group interactions with a 19-year-old with Asperger syndrome.

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    Bottema-Beutel, Kristen; Louick, Rebecca; White, Rachael

    2015-01-01

    This Conversation Analytic study examined the talk of an adolescent with Asperger syndrome (under previously used diagnostic criteria), Nathan, as he interacts with peers in a small group setting. We focused on Nathan's repetition aimed at pursuing response, and rely on analytical frameworks including response mobilization, face-work, and agreement preference. We found that while Nathan's repetitions resembled 'topic perseveration' previously described in the literature, they showed evidence of interactional awareness as they were employed when peers offered little or no response to his original utterance. However, we also found that while much of Nathan's talk was sophisticatedly structured, his repetition to pursue response eschewed interaction rituals that work to maintain social cohesion. As a result, Nathan's interactional priorities appeared mis-aligned with those of his peers, and failed to produce extended interactions in most cases. Readers will be able to describe features of conversational interaction, including response mobilization, agreement preference, and face work. They will understand the relevance of conversation analysis to the study of interaction in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Lastly, they will be able to describe the conditions under which the subject used repetition within peer interactions, and the effects of his repetition on interaction. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Change in attachment insecurity is related to improved outcomes 1-year post group therapy in women with binge eating disorder.

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    Maxwell, Hilary; Tasca, Giorgio A; Ritchie, Kerri; Balfour, Louise; Bissada, Hany

    2014-03-01

    An interpersonal model of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) posits that difficulties with social functioning precipitate negative affect, which in turn causes binge eating as a means of coping. Thus, long-term decreases in attachment insecurity may be important for women with BED. No research has assessed if long-term change in attachment insecurity is associated with sustained change in other outcomes. In the current study, we hypothesized that changes in attachment anxiety and avoidance will decrease at posttreatment and will be maintained up to 12 months after Group Psychodynamic Interpersonal Psychotherapy (GPIP). We further hypothesized that long-term stability of these changes in attachment insecurity will be related to other long-term outcomes. Women with BED (N = 102) attended 16 sessions of GPIP. Measures were completed pretreatment, posttreatment, at 6 and 12 months follow-up. Attachment anxiety, attachment avoidance, and the other outcome variables decreased significantly at 12 months posttreatment. Reductions in attachment anxiety and avoidance were significantly related to decreases in interpersonal problems up to 12 months posttreatment, and reduction in attachment anxiety was significantly related to decreases in depressive symptoms 12 months posttreatment. Further, the significant relationship between reduced attachment avoidance and decreased interpersonal problems strengthened over the long term. This is the first study to show an association between change in attachment insecurity and change in other outcomes in the long term, and to show an adaptive spiral in which greater reduction in attachment avoidance is increasingly associated with ongoing improvement of interpersonal problems.

  4. Cognitive correlates of psychosocial outcome following traumatic brain injury in early childhood: comparisons between groups of children aged under and over 10 years of age.

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    Tonks, James; Williams, W Huw; Yates, Phil; Slater, Alan

    2011-04-01

    Children with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) commonly present with socioemotional difficulties, as well as accompanying multiple cognitive impairments. Often difficulties worsen at around 10 years old. This change is associated with frontal system changes, and tests of executive function (EF) predict outcome. However, children with TBI sometimes present with socioemotional difficulties despite apparent cognitive recovery. Our aims were to explore potential cognitive and socioemotional effects following childhood TBI, before and after the age of 10 years. We also wanted to identify cognitive correlates of psychosocial dysfunction. Measures of cognitive function and socioemotional disturbance administered to 14 children with TBI aged 8-10 years, and 14 children with TBI aged 10-16 years, were compared to control data from 22 non-injured 8- to 10 year-olds and 67 non-injured 10- to 16-year-olds. Results indicated that only the older group of children with TBI were impaired in tests of EF, but significant socioemotional difficulties were commonly evident in both groups. Processing speed (as well as EF) was found to correlate with socioemotional disturbance. We conclude that poor processing speed may also index the risk of socioemotional difficulties, but our general findings indicate that cognitive functions relevant to socioemotional functioning are not readily testable in younger children and are not strongly associated with such outcomes as they may be in adults.

  5. Annual Report on Environmental Monitoring Activities for FY 1995 (Baseline Year) at Waste Area Grouping 6 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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    This report describes baseline contaminant release conditions for Waste Area Grouping (WAG) 6 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The sampling approach and data analysis methods used to establish baseline conditions were presented in ``Environmental Monitoring Plan for Waste Area Grouping 6 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (EMP).`` As outlined in the EMP, the purpose of the baseline monitoring year at WAG 6 was to determine the annual contaminant releases from the site during fiscal year 1995 (FY95) against which any potential changes in releases over time could be compared. The baseline year data set provides a comprehensive understanding of release conditions from all major waste units in the WAG through each major contaminant transport pathway. Due to a mandate to reduce all monitoring work, WAG 6 monitoring was scaled back and reporting efforts on the baseline year results are being minimized. This report presents the quantified baseline year contaminant flux conditions for the site and briefly summarizes other findings. All baseline data cited in this report will reside in the Oak Ridge Environmental Information system (OREIS) database, and will be available for use in future years as the need arises to identify potential release changes.

  6. Slovenian guidelines for physical activity in children and adolescents in the age group 2–18 years

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    Nataša Bratina

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Physical activity has many favourable influences on the general health of children, teenagers and adults. Regular physical activity can reduce morbidity and mortality. By the help of regular physical activity body weight can be reduced, lean body mass increased, there are data on the improvement of total cholesterol levels – increase in HDL cholesterol and decrease in LDL cholesterol, improved insulin sensitivity and increased bone density. Physical activity in early childhood can be an important step toward the lifestyle and general health in adulthood. An active lifestyle helps to prevent obesity in teenagers, and on the other hand reduces mortality in adulthood. It is very important that children start early (before the age of 12 with regular physical activity, and that physical activity is continued during teenage years and the adulthood. Children who are physical active rarely smoke and drink alcohol beverages. Cardiorespiratory or aerobic exercises and muscle strength training are extremely important for chronically ill children; it reduces tiredness and improves the quality of life. This paper presents guidelines for regular physical activity in healthy children and adolescents.

  7. Graphene oxide assisted facile hydrothermal synthesis of LiMn0.6Fe0.4PO4 nanoparticles as cathode material for lithium ion battery

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    Changchang Xu; Li Li; Fangyuan Qiu; Cuihua An; Yanan Xu; Ying Wang; Yijing Wang; Lifang Jiao; Huatang Yuan

    2014-01-01

    Assisted by graphene oxide (GO), nano-sized LiMn0.6Fe0.4PO4 with excellent electrochemical performance was prepared by a facile hy-drothermal method as cathode material for lithium ion battery. SEM and TEM images indicate that the particle size of LiMn0.6Fe0.4PO4 (S2) was about 80 nm in diameter. The discharge capacity of LiMn0.6Fe0.4PO4 nanoparticles was 140.3 mAh·g-1 in the first cycle. It showed that graphene oxide was able to restrict the growth of LiMn0.6Fe0.4PO4 and it in situ reduction of GO could improve the electrical conductivity of LiMn0.6Fe0.4PO4 material.

  8. A 9-year follow-up of a self-management group intervention for persistent neck pain in primary health care: a randomized controlled trial

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    Gustavsson C

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    Full Text Available Catharina Gustavsson,1,2 Lena von Koch1,3,4 1Center for Clinical Research Dalarna, Department of Public Health and Caring Science, Uppsala University, Uppsala, 2School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Falun, 3Department of Neurobiology, Care Science and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 4Department of Neurology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden Background and objective: In previous short-term and 2-year follow-ups, a pain and stress self-management group intervention (PASS had better effect on pain-related disability, self-efficacy, catastrophizing, and perceived pain control than individually administered physiotherapy (IAPT for patients with persistent tension-type neck pain. Studies that have evaluated long-term effects of self-management approaches toward persistent neck pain are sparse. The objective of this study was to compare pain-related disability, self-efficacy for activities of daily living (ADL, catastrophizing, pain, pain control, use of analgesics, and health care utilization in people with persistent tension-type neck pain 9 years after they received the PASS or IAPT. Materials and methods: Of 156 people (PASS, n = 77; IAPT, n = 79 originally included in a randomized controlled trial, 129 people (PASS, n = 63; IAPT, n = 66 were eligible and were approached for the 9-year follow-up. They were sent a self-assessment questionnaire, comprising the Neck Disability Index, the Self-Efficacy Scale, the Coping Strategies Questionnaire, and questions regarding pain, analgesics, and health care utilization. Mixed linear models for repeated measures analysis or generalized estimating equations were used to evaluate the differences between groups and within groups over time (baseline, previous follow-ups, and 9-year follow-up and the interaction effect of “time by group”. Results: Ninety-four participants (73% responded (PASS, n = 48; IAPT, n = 46. At 9 years, PASS participants reported less

  9. Effects of 6% Hydroxyethyl Starch 130/0.4 on Renal Function of Elderly Patients under Esophagus Carcinoma Surgery%6%羟乙基淀粉130/0.4对老年食管癌手术患者肾功能的影响

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    苏鹏; 何晓峰; 姚颖

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨6%羟乙基淀粉130/0.4对老年食管癌手术患者肾功能的影响.方法 选择择期行食管癌手术的老年患者54例,随机分为两组各27例,均行急性高容量血液稀释(acute hypervolemic hemodilution,AHH).治疗组静脉滴注6%羟乙基淀粉130/0.4氯化钠注射液,对照组静脉滴注乳酸钠林格注射液.监测AHH前(t1),AHH完成时(t2),AHH后2 h(t3)、4 h(t4)和24 h(t5)心率(heart rate,HR)、动脉血氧饱和度(saturation of arterial blood oxygen,SaO2)、平均动脉压(mean arterial pressure,MAP)、中心静脉压(central venous pressure,CVP)及血尿素氮(blood urea nitrogen,BUN)、肌酐(creatinine,Cr)、尿酸(uric acid,UA)和半胱氨酸蛋白酶抑制剂C(cysteine protease inhibitors C,Cystatin-C)水平.结果 2组患者各时间点HR和MAP比较差异无统计学意义,2组CVP在t2、t3和t4时点均较t1和t5明显升高,治疗组CVP t2、t3和t4时点较对照组高.2组Cr、BUN和UA各时间点组间和组内比较均差异无统计学意义,2组患者Cys-C在t5时间点均较t1、t2、t3和t4时间点升高,但组间差异无统计学意义.结论 6%羟乙基淀粉130/0.4行术前AHH对老年食管癌患者肾功能无明显影响.%Objective To explore the influence of 6% hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 on renal function of elderly patients undergoing esophageal cancer surgery. Methods The 54 elderly patients received esophageal cancer surgery were enrolled and randomly divided into two groups and undertook acute hypervolemic hemodilution( AHH ). 6% hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 sodium chloride injection and sodium lactate ringer's injection were given to the test and control groups, respectively. The heart rate( HR ), saturation of arterial blood oxygen( SaO2 ), mean arterial pressure( MAP ), central venous pressure( CVP ), creatinine ( Cr ),blood urea nitrogen( BUN ),uric acid( UA )and Cysteine protease inhibitors C( Cystatin-C ) were monitored at before AHH ( t1 )、post AHH( t2 )、2 hours after AHH

  10. Studies of the effect of 0. 4-Gy and 0. 6-Gy prenatal X-irradiation on postnatal adult behavior in the Wistar rat

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    Jensh, R.P.; Brent, R.L.; Vogel, W.H.

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    Thirty-four pregnant Wistar rats were X-irradiated on the 9th or 17th day of gestation at a dosage level 0.4 Gy or 0.6 Gy or were sham-irradiated. All mothers were allowed to deliver their offspring, and litters were limited to a maximum of eight on day 2. On day 30, 224 offspring were weaned and raised until 60 days of age, at which time testing began. Each rat randomly received, in random order, three of the following six behavioral tests: Water T-maze, Conditioned Avoidance Response, Forelimb Hanging, Activity Wheel, Swimming, and Open Field. There were no statistically significant differences between the irradiated and control groups for maternal weight or weight gain or mean litter size, although the litter size of the 17th day 0.6-Gy group was slightly lower. Among offspring irradiated with 0.6 Gy on the 17th day, 3-day-old neonates' weights were significantly reduced. Offspring irradiated on the 17th day with 0.6 Gy exhibited higher Conditioned Avoidance Response 5th-day and retest avoidance scores than did the controls. There were also significant sex differences in responses within the irradiated and control groups for several tests, which were unrelated to radiation exposure. The results of this study indicate that low-level X-irradiation during the fetal period of rat gestation results in neonatal growth retardation and subtle behavioral alterations that may be manifested in adult life. Growth retardation may be the most sensitive indicator of subtle effects that result from low-level prenatal exposure to X-rays.

  11. Effects of acute hypervolemic hemodilution with hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 on the lung in a rabbit model of sepsis%羟乙基淀粉130/0.4急性高容量血液稀释对脓毒症兔肺脏的影响

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    鲁卫华; 金孝岠; 鲁美静

    2009-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects of acute hypervolemic hemodilution (AHH) with hydroxyethyl starch (HES) 130/0.4 on the lung in a rabbit model of sepsis and their possible mechanism. Methods Thirty healthy New Zealand rabbits were randomly divided into three groups (n=10 each): group sham operation (C), group sepsis model (E) and group AHH. Sepsis model was reproduced with modified colon ascendens stent peritonitis (CASP). In group C laparotomy was done but without puncturing the colon. At 4 hours after CASP, AHH was carried out intravenous infusion of 6% HES 130/0.4 20 ml/kg at 20 ml/min. Lactated Ringer solution was infused at 10 ml·kg-1·h-1 in all three groups during the experiment. The animals breathed spontaneously during the experiment. A catheter was introduced into the right carotid artery for blood sampling, and it was connected to a pressure transducer for continuous mean arterial pressure (MAP) and heart rate (HR) monitoring. At 4 hours and 8 hours after CASP, a median abdominal incision was made and photographic documentation of abdominal situs was made. At the same time arterial blood samples were drawn at 4 hours and 8 hours after CASP for blood gas analysis and determination of hemoglobin (Hb) and hematocrit (Hct). The plasma component was separated and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) was measured. Respiratory rate and urinary output were record. The rabbits were sacrificed at 8 hours after CASP. The right lungs were immediately removed for determination of total protein concentration in broncho-alveolar lavage fluid (BALF). The wet/dry (W/D) lung weight rate were calculated. The sections of lung were stained with hematoxylin and eosin for light microscopic examination and the injury score was recorded. Results ①MAP declined gradually and HR tended to accelerate during the course of the experiment in group E, but no significant differences were found in both group C and group AHH. ②After AHH, the Hb and Hct decreased by 20% in group AHH

  12. Fifty years of Brazilian Dental Materials Group: scientific contributions of dental materials field evaluated by systematic review

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    Wellington Luiz de Oliveira ROSA

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective A systematic review was conducted to analyze Brazilian scientific and technological production related to the dental materials field over the past 50 years. Material and Methods This study followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (Prisma statement. Searches were performed until December 2014 in six databases: MedLine (PubMed, Scopus, LILACS, IBECS, BBO, and the Cochrane Library. Additionally, the Brazilian patent database (INPI - Instituto Nacional de Propriedade Industrial was screened in order to get an overview of Brazilian technological development in the dental materials field. Two reviewers independently analyzed the documents. Only studies and patents related to dental materials were included in this review. Data regarding the material category, dental specialty, number of documents and patents, filiation countries, and the number of citations were tabulated and analyzed in Microsoft Office Excel (Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington, United States. Results A total of 115,806 studies and 53 patents were related to dental materials and were included in this review. Brazil had 8% affiliation in studies related to dental materials, and the majority of the papers published were related to dental implants (1,137 papers, synthetic resins (681 papers, dental cements (440 papers, dental alloys (392 papers and dental adhesives (361 papers. The Brazilian technological development with patented dental materials was smaller than the scientific production. The most patented type of material was dental alloys (11 patents, followed by dental implants (8 patents and composite resins (7 patents. Conclusions Dental materials science has had a substantial number of records, demonstrating an important presence in scientific and technological development of dentistry. In addition, it is important to approximate the relationship between academia and industry to expand the technological development

  13. Buttock Reshaping With Intramuscular Gluteal Augmentation in an Asian Ethnic Group: A Six-Year Experience With 130 Patients.

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    Park, Tae Hwan; Whang, Kwi Whan

    2016-09-01

    Although the definition of what constitutes "beautiful buttocks" has been changing with time, the buttocks are generally perceived as an important element of sexual attraction and beauty in every culture. In Asian culture, "beautiful buttocks" are defined by an aggregate of the following 4 components: S-shaped curvature from the lower back to the buttocks, sufficient muscle volume, sufficient fat volume, and appropriate skin elasticity. The goal of our gluteal augmentation was therefore to restore the back curvature, provide sufficient hip volume (projection), and reposition the point of maximal gluteal projection to be higher than the pubic hair. The purpose of this study was to review the authors' 6-year (2008-2014) experience with intramuscular gluteal augmentation techniques using an oval-shaped smooth-surface silicon elastomer. After intergluteal fusiform incisions were made, we bluntly dissected the subcutaneous tissue deep down to the gluteus maximus muscle by using the xyz method introduced by Dr. Gonzalez. Most of the patients in this case series underwent additional procedures at the time of the gluteal augmentation, whereas 90% of patients underwent concomitant liposuction. The results were assessed objectively using serial photography and subjectively according to patients' assessment on a 5-score scale.The mean rating for patient satisfaction with the procedure was 4.6 of 5, whereas consensus ratings by 2 independent plastic surgeons showed a mean score of 4.2 of 5. The intramuscular gluteal augmentation technique using an oval-shaped smooth surface silicon elastomer resulted in excellent cosmetic outcomes and permitted successful reshaping of the buttocks.

  14. Fifty years of Brazilian Dental Materials Group: scientific contributions of dental materials field evaluated by systematic review

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    ROSA, Wellington Luiz de Oliveira; SILVA, Tiago Machado; LIMA, Giana da Silveira; SILVA, Adriana Fernandes; PIVA, Evandro

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objective A systematic review was conducted to analyze Brazilian scientific and technological production related to the dental materials field over the past 50 years. Material and Methods This study followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (Prisma) statement. Searches were performed until December 2014 in six databases: MedLine (PubMed), Scopus, LILACS, IBECS, BBO, and the Cochrane Library. Additionally, the Brazilian patent database (INPI - Instituto Nacional de Propriedade Industrial) was screened in order to get an overview of Brazilian technological development in the dental materials field. Two reviewers independently analyzed the documents. Only studies and patents related to dental materials were included in this review. Data regarding the material category, dental specialty, number of documents and patents, filiation countries, and the number of citations were tabulated and analyzed in Microsoft Office Excel (Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington, United States). Results A total of 115,806 studies and 53 patents were related to dental materials and were included in this review. Brazil had 8% affiliation in studies related to dental materials, and the majority of the papers published were related to dental implants (1,137 papers), synthetic resins (681 papers), dental cements (440 papers), dental alloys (392 papers) and dental adhesives (361 papers). The Brazilian technological development with patented dental materials was smaller than the scientific production. The most patented type of material was dental alloys (11 patents), followed by dental implants (8 patents) and composite resins (7 patents). Conclusions Dental materials science has had a substantial number of records, demonstrating an important presence in scientific and technological development of dentistry. In addition, it is important to approximate the relationship between academia and industry to expand the technological development in

  15. Comparison on three classification techniques for sex estimation from the bone length of Asian children below 19 years old: an analysis using different group of ages.

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    Darmawan, M F; Yusuf, Suhaila M; Kadir, M R Abdul; Haron, H

    2015-02-01

    Sex estimation is used in forensic anthropology to assist the identification of individual remains. However, the estimation techniques tend to be unique and applicable only to a certain population. This paper analyzed sex estimation on living individual child below 19 years old using the length of 19 bones of left hand applied for three classification techniques, which were Discriminant Function Analysis (DFA), Support Vector Machine (SVM) and Artificial Neural Network (ANN) multilayer perceptron. These techniques were carried out on X-ray images of the left hand taken from an Asian population data set. All the 19 bones of the left hand were measured using Free Image software, and all the techniques were performed using MATLAB. The group of age "16-19" years old and "7-9" years old were the groups that could be used for sex estimation with as their average of accuracy percentage was above 80%. ANN model was the best classification technique with the highest average of accuracy percentage in the two groups of age compared to other classification techniques. The results show that each classification technique has the best accuracy percentage on each different group of age. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Effects of the two-way communication checklist (2-COM): a one-year cluster randomized study in a group of severely mentally ill persons.

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    Arvidsson, Hans; Olin, Elisabeth; Strand, Jennifer; Tidefors, Inga

    2014-02-01

    In a health-care service with the emphasis on improvement related to functioning and well-being, the communication process between patient and professionals is essential. There is a lack of research on this matter. The aim was to investigate, in a group of severely mentally ill persons, whether the use of a simple communication tool could influence the sense of empowerment, satisfaction with care, therapeutic alliance and unmet needs. The study had a cluster randomized design. The intervention was a communication tool (2-COM) applied in two teams during one year. In a comparison group of two other teams, the treatment was as usual. At baseline, after six months, and after one year, assessments were made. After one year the 2-COM groups seemed to have a larger reduction in unmet needs compared to the treatment-as-usual group. However, there were large problems with attrition in the study, and it was not possible to draw relevant conclusions. The methodological problems were substantial, and the study may be considered as a pilot study. In a main study the researchers ought to take control over the selection of patients on the basis of the experiences from this study.

  17. Prevalence of anal incontinence during pregnancy and 1 year after delivery in a cohort of primiparous women and a control group of nulliparous women

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    Svare, Jens A; Hansen, Bent B; Lose, Gunnar

    2016-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study was to examine the prevalence of anal incontinence (AI) during pregnancy and 1 year after delivery in primiparous women and to compare it with the prevalences in nulliparous women. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A validated questionnaire regarding AI was filled in by 1018...... primiparous women after delivery and by 1836 nulliparous women (baseline). A similar questionnaire was filled in 1 year later by both groups. RESULTS: At baseline the prevalence of flatus incontinence was significantly higher in the primiparous than the nulliparous women (35 vs. 25%), while incontinence...... study showed remarkably high prevalences of AI during pregnancy and 1 year after delivery in primiparous women and likewise in nulliparous women at baseline and 1 year later. These results may indicate that factors other than pregnancy and delivery are of importance for AI in young women....

  18. Effects of developmental music groups for parents and premature or typical infants under two years on parental responsiveness and infant social development.

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    Walworth, Darcy D

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of music therapy intervention on premature infants' and full term infants' developmental responses and parents' responsiveness. Subjects (n=56) were parent-infant dyads who attended developmental music groups or a control condition assessing responsiveness during toy play. All subjects were matched according to developmental age and were also matched by group for socioeconomic status and for maternal depression. Types of infant play and parent responsiveness were measured using observation of a standardized toy play for parent-infant dyads. Observations were coded with the number of seconds spent in each behavior using the SCRIBE observation program. Parents completed a questionnaire on the perception of their infant's general development, interpretations of their child's needs, the purpose of using music with their child, and their child's response to music. The infants attending the developmental music groups with their parents demonstrated significantly more social toy play (p music groups. While not significant, graphic analysis of parent responsiveness showed parents who attended the developmental music groups engaged in more positive and less negative play behaviors with their infants than parents who did not attend the music groups. This study demonstrates the first findings of positive effects of developmental music groups on social behaviors for both premature and full term infants under 2 years old.

  19. Relaxor behaviour of (Ba0.5Sr0.5)(Ti0.6Zr0.4)O3 ceramics

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    T Badapanda; S K Rout; S Panigrahi; T P Sinha

    2008-11-01

    Ba0.5Sr0.5Ti0.6Zr0.4O3 ceramic has been prepared through solid state reaction route. X-ray diffraction shows that the sample has cubic perovskite structure with space group –3 at room temperature. Temperature dependent dielectric study of the ceramic has been investigated in the frequency range 50 Hz–1 MHz. The density of the sample is determined using Archimedes’ principle and is found to be ∼99% of X-ray density. The dielectric study revealed diffuse phase transition of second order. A broad dielectric anomaly coupled with the shift of dielectric maxima toward a higher temperature with increasing frequency indicates the relaxor-type behaviour in the ceramics. The index of relaxation () and the broadening parameter () were estimated from a linear fit of the modified Curie–Weiss law. The value of ∼ 1.72 indicates the strong relaxor nature of the ceramic. A remarkably good fit to the Vogel–Fulcher relation further supports such a relaxor nature.

  20. Anti-TNFα agents in elderly patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a study of a group of 105 over sixty five years old patients

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    C. Biasini Rebaioli

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and the safety of anti-TNF-alfa treatment in elderly patients (≥65 years old with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA, in comparison with younger (17-65 years old. Methods: We considered retrospectively 295 patients, affected by RA and treated with anti-TNF-alfa drugs. They were divided in two groups, according to their age, and followed up for two years: over-65-years old patients (190 and under-65-years old patients (105. Effectiveness of drugs was assessed analyzing RA disease activity (DAS28, DAS44, SDAI, functional status (HAQ and serological parameters (CRP before and after anti-TNF-alfa therapy. Safety was studied considering discontinuation rate of biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, and collateral events rate. Results: At baseline, elderly patients showed higher disease activity’s score (DAS 28, DAS44, SDAI, HAQ with important loss of articular function (worse quality of life, HAQ than younger patients (p0.05. Conclusions: Anti-TNF-alfa treatment was efficacious and safe in both groups of patients. These drugs induced improvement in disease activity, apart from the age. No functional improvement was observed in HAQ, showing the irreversible loss of articular function and the incomplete recovery in elderly patients. Age doesn’t interfere with the possibility to treat elderly patients with anti-TNF-alfa drugs.

  1. Prevalence of hypodontia in 10- to 14-year-olds seeking orthodontic treatment at a group of clinics in Puerto Rico.

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    Pagán-Collazo, Grace J; Oliva, Jazmin; Cuadrado, Lumarie; Rivas-Tumanyan, Sona; Elías-Boneta, Augusto R

    2014-03-01

    To estimate the prevalence of hypodontia in a group of 10- to 14-year-olds from a group of orthodontic clinics in Puerto Rico. A cross-sectional study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of hypodontia in 10- to 14-year-olds from orthodontic clinics located in each of 9 regions (as determined by the government-run health insurance program, Reforma) in Puerto Rico. A total of 1,911 patients, ranging in age from 10 to 14 years, were evaluated using patient charts covering from May 2004 through June of that same year. A logistic regression model was done to evaluate the relation between the prevalence of hypodontia in the study group and clinic location, gender, and age; a 5% significance level was used. The overall weighted prevalence of hypodontia was 6.02%. Females showed a higher weighted prevalence of hypodontia than did males (7.02% vs. 4.72%, respectively: p = 0.06). The prevalence also varied by geographic region, ranging from 3.21% at the San Juan clinic to 10.68% at the Aibonito clinic (p = 0.01). The most prevalent missing teeth were the maxillary lateral incisors, followed by the lower second premolars (1.9%). The prevalence of hypodontia in Puerto Rico was 6.02%. Females presented a higher prevalence of hypodontia than did males. Each of the clinics in Fajardo, Bayamón, San Juan, and Guayama had a lower prevalence of hypodontia than the Aibonito clinic did. The tooth most frequently missing in the study group was the maxillary right lateral incisor.

  2. Physical development, the level of physical and technical preparedness of 14 - 15 year old young weightlifters of different weight categories groups

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    Lutovinov Iu.A.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose : explore physical development, the level of physical and technical preparedness of young weightlifters of different weight categories groups. Material : the study involved 36 athletes. Athletes age 14-15 years. Results : present physical development, the level of physical and technical preparedness of athletes who are preparing for the championship of Ukraine. Found that indicators body length athletes tend to increase with increasing weight category groups - by 15,0% (p <0,05. It is estimated that the active body mass index increases with sportsmen groups weight categories - by 20,0% (p <0,05. It is proved that the difference between the strength of the left and right brushes all weight categories of groups - 2.4%. The analysis of the indicators in the control of technical readiness exercises in the snatch. Conclusions : to determine the trends of physical development, the level of physical and technical preparedness of athletes of different groups of weight categories. Indicator is dynamometry athletes increased with increasing weight category groups - by 47,7% (p <0,05.

  3. Does the Age and Familiarity of the Informant Group Influence the Tendency of 3- and 4-year-old Children to Conform?

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    McGuigan, Nicola; Stevenson, Amy

    2016-01-01

    The authors' aim was to explore whether the age and the familiarity of the individuals comprising a group majority influenced the tendency of 3- and 4-year-old children to conform. Participants were presented with 2 variants of a novel task in which they were required to judge which of 3 line-drawn tigers had the greatest number of stripes. The participants made their judgments in 2 contexts, first after viewing 5 informants perform the task incorrectly, and second without viewing the responses of other individuals. The informants comprised a group of familiar children, a group of unfamiliar children, a group of familiar adults, or a group of unfamiliar adults. The results showed that the children displayed selective conformity with respect to informant age, readily adopting the incorrect response when it was indicated by an adult majority, but failing to do so when the same incorrect response was indicated by a majority of children. In contrast the familiarity of the individuals comprising the majority had little influence on the tendency of children to conform. These results suggest that children are not blanket conformists, rather they respond selectively depending on characteristics of the individuals comprising the group majority.

  4. Hydroxyethyl starch (HES 130/0.4 impairs intestinal barrier integrity and metabolic function: findings from a mouse model of the isolated perfused small intestine.

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    Full Text Available The application of hydroxyethyl starch (HES for volume resuscitation is controversially discussed and clinical studies have suggested adverse effects of HES substitution, leading to increased patient mortality. Although, the intestine is of high clinical relevance and plays a crucial role in sepsis and inflammation, information about the effects of HES on intestinal function and barrier integrity is very scarce. We therefore evaluated the effects of clinically relevant concentrations of HES on intestinal function and barrier integrity employing an isolated perfused model of the mouse small intestine.An isolated perfused model of the mouse small intestine was established and intestines were vascularly perfused with a modified Krebs-Henseleit buffer containing 3% Albumin (N=7 or 3% HES (130/0.4; N=7. Intestinal metabolic function (galactose uptake, lactate-to-pyruvate ratio, edema formation (wet-to-dry weight ratio, morphology (histological and electron microscopical analysis, fluid shifts within the vascular, lymphatic and luminal compartments, as well as endothelial and epithelial barrier permeability (FITC-dextran translocation were evaluated in both groups.Compared to the Albumin group, HES perfusion did not significantly change the wet-to-dry weight ratio and lactate-to-pyruvate ratio. However, perfusing the small intestine with 3% HES resulted in a significant loss of vascular fluid (p<0.01, an increased fluid accumulation in the intestinal lumen (p<0.001, an enhanced translocation of FITC-dextran from the vascular to the luminal compartment (p<0.001 and a significantly impaired intestinal galactose uptake (p<0.001. Morphologically, these findings were associated with an aggregation of intracellular vacuoles within the intestinal epithelial cells and enlarged intercellular spaces.A vascular perfusion with 3% HES impairs the endothelial and epithelial barrier integrity as well as metabolic function of the small intestine.

  5. National survey on edentulism and its geographic distribution, among Mexicans 18 years of age and older (with emphasis in WHO age groups).

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    Medina-Solís, C E; Pérez-Núñez, R; Maupomé, G; Avila-Burgos, L; Pontigo-Loyola, A P; Patiño-Marín, N; Villalobos-Rodelo, J J

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    To determine the prevalence of edentulism in adults aged 18 years and older in Mexico and to describe its distribution in 20 of the 32 States in Mexico, highlighting the experience in the WHO age groups. A secondary analysis of the National Performance Evaluation Survey 2002-2003 (representative at the state level and part of the Word Health Survey) was undertaken. The sample design was probabilistic, stratified and through conglomerates. Data on dental conditions were available only for 20 of the 32 states of Mexico, leading to a total of 24 159 households (N = 54 638 654). The percentage of edentulism was determined as the proportion of subjects that self-reported complete loss of teeth. Data were analyzed using the SVY module for complex surveys in STATA 8.2. The mean age was 41.3 +/- 17.0 years (range 18-99). An estimated 6.3% (N = 3 437 816) of the population > or =18 years was edentulous. Lowest prevalences were observed in the states of Tlaxcala, Puebla and the Estado de Mexico with 3.4%, 3.8% and 4.5%, respectively. Highest prevalences were observed in San Luis Potosí, Colima, and Michoacán with 10.3%, 10.2% and 10.1%, respectively. Following the WHO age groups, the prevalence ranged from 2.4% in the 35-44 group through 25.5% in the 65-74 group. No obvious association between socio-economic and socio-demographic indicators at the state level and prevalence of edentulism was found. The prevalence of complete tooth loss observed in the present study varied greatly across states, although no straightforward association was found with socio-economic and socio-demographic indicators at the state level. This study could serve as a baseline to enable future evaluations of the oral status of Mexican adults and elders, following WHO age groups.

  6. A Randomized Controlled Trial to Decrease Job Burnout in First-Year Internal Medicine Residents Using a Facilitated Discussion Group Intervention.

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    Ripp, Jonathan A; Fallar, Robert; Korenstein, Deborah

    2016-05-01

    Background Burnout is common in internal medicine (IM) trainees and is associated with depression and suboptimal patient care. Facilitated group discussion reduces burnout among practicing clinicians. Objective We hypothesized that this type of intervention would reduce incident burnout among first-year IM residents. Methods Between June 2013 and May 2014, participants from a convenience sample of 51 incoming IM residents were randomly assigned (in groups of 3) to the intervention or a control. Twice-monthly theme-based discussion sessions (18 total) led by expert facilitators were held for intervention groups. Surveys were administered at study onset and completion. Demographic and personal characteristics were collected. Burnout and burnout domains were the primary outcomes. Following convention, we defined burnout as a high emotional exhaustion or depersonalization score on the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Results All 51 eligible residents participated; 39 (76%) completed both surveys. Initial burnout prevalence (10 of 21 [48%] versus 7 of 17 [41%], P = .69), incidence of burnout at year end (9 of 11 [82%] versus 5 of 10 [50%], P = .18), and secondary outcomes were similar in intervention and control arms. More residents in the intervention group had high year-end depersonalization scores (18 of 21 [86%] versus 9 of 17 [53%], P = .04). Many intervention residents revealed that sessions did not truly free them from clinical or educational responsibilities. Conclusions A facilitated group discussion intervention did not decrease burnout in resident physicians. Future discussion-based interventions for reducing resident burnout should be voluntary and effectively free participants from clinical duties.

  7. LOSCAR: Long-term Ocean-atmosphere-Sediment CArbon cycle Reservoir Model v2.0.4

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    R. E. Zeebe

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The LOSCAR model is designed to efficiently compute the partitioning of carbon between ocean, atmosphere, and sediments on time scales ranging from centuries to millions of years. While a variety of computationally inexpensive carbon cycle models are already available, many are missing a critical sediment component, which is indispensable for long-term integrations. One of LOSCAR's strengths is the coupling of ocean-atmosphere routines to a computationally efficient sediment module. This allows, for instance, adequate computation of CaCO3 dissolution, calcite compensation, and long-term carbon cycle fluxes, including weathering of carbonate and silicate rocks. The ocean component includes various biogeochemical tracers such as total carbon, alkalinity, phosphate, oxygen, and stable carbon isotopes. LOSCAR's configuration of ocean geometry is flexible and allows for easy switching between modern and paleo-versions. We have previously published applications of the model tackling future projections of ocean chemistry and weathering, pCO2 sensitivity to carbon cycle perturbations throughout the Cenozoic, and carbon/calcium cycling during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. The focus of the present contribution is the detailed description of the model including numerical architecture, processes and parameterizations, tuning, and examples of input and output. Typical CPU integration times of LOSCAR are of order seconds for several thousand model years on current standard desktop machines. The LOSCAR source code in C can be obtained from the author by sending a request to loscar.model@gmail.com.

  8. Clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Internet- vs. group-based cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety disorder: 4-year follow-up of a randomized trial.

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    Hedman, Erik; El Alaoui, Samir; Lindefors, Nils; Andersson, Erik; Rück, Christian; Ghaderi, Ata; Kaldo, Viktor; Lekander, Mats; Andersson, Gerhard; Ljótsson, Brjánn

    2014-08-01

    Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is common, debilitating and associated with high societal costs. The disorder can be effectively treated with Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT), but no previous study has investigated the long-term clinical or health economic effects of ICBT for SAD in comparison to an evidence-based control treatment. The aim of the study was to investigate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of ICBT compared to cognitive behavioral group therapy (CBGT) four years post-treatment. We conducted a 4-year follow-up study of participants who had received ICBT or CBGT for SAD within the context of a randomized controlled non-inferiority trial. The cost-effectiveness analyses were conducted taking a societal perspective. Participants in both treatment groups made large improvements from baseline to 4-year follow-up on the primary outcome measure (d = 1.34-1.48) and the 95% CI of the mean difference on the primary outcome was well within the non-inferiority margin. ICBT and CBGT were similarly cost-effective and both groups reduced their indirect costs. We conclude that ICBT for SAD yields large sustainable effects and is at least as long-term effective as CBGT. Intervention costs of both treatments are offset by net societal cost reductions in a short time. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Comparative Study of Probiotic Ice Cream and Probiotic Drink on Salivary Streptococcus mutans Levels in 6-12 Years Age Group Children.

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    Mahantesha, Taranatha; Reddy, K M Parveen; Kumar, N H Praveen; Nara, Asha; Ashwin, Devasya; Buddiga, Vinutna

    2015-09-01

    Dental caries is one of the most common health problems in the world. Probiotics are one the various preventive methods to reduce dental caries. The aim of this study is to compare the effectiveness of probiotic ice cream and drink on salivary Streptococcus mutans levels in children of 6-12 years age group. A three phase study was carried out in children (n = 50) of 6-12 years age with zero decayed missing filled teeth (dmft)/DMFT. They were randomly divided into two equal groups. Saliva samples were collected before the consumptions of probiotic ice cream and probiotic drink. Colony count obtained was recorded as baseline data. For both groups probiotic ice cream and drink was given randomly for 7 days and a washout period of 90 days were given and then the saliva samples were collected and colony counting was done. Statistical analysis was performed using Student's paired t-test and multiple comparisons by Tukey's honest significant difference test which showed, there is a significant reduction in salivary S. mutans level in both groups after 7 days period. However, after washout period only probiotic ice cream showed reduction whereas drink did not. Also, there was no significant difference between probiotic ice cream and drink. Probiotic organisms definitely have a role in reducing the salivary S. mutans level and ice cream would be a better choice than drink. However, the prolonged use of the agents and their effects on caries is still to be determined.

  10. Oral health status in 5-18 years old children and adolescent with type 1 diabetes compared with healthy group in Hamadan, Iran 2013-2014

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    Rezvan Rafatjou

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aims: Type 1 diabetes mellitus, is the most common metabolic disorders in children and adolescents. The aim of this study was to assess the state of oral health in children with type 1 diabetes compared with healthy children in 2013-2014 in Hamadan province, Iran. Materials and Methods: The specimens were selected through convenience sampling in two groups. Group one consisted of 80 individuals (5-18 years old; case group, suffering from type 1 diabetes mellitus referred to the Pediatric endocrine clinic. Control group consisted of 80 non-diabetic healthy children who were out- patients of pediatric and orthodontic department of Hamadan dental school. Two groups were similar in age and sex. The data were collected through a questionnaire, medical records and clinical examination. DMFT, dmft, GI and PI indices were assessed in each patient. Data were analyzed using ANOVA and T-test. Results: In spite of similarity in oral hygiene habits in both group, there was no significant difference in mean DMFT and permanent decayed teeth in both groups (P>0.05, but the mean dmft (P<0.008 and primary decayed teeth (P<0.011 in the control group was significantly higher than that of the case group. Also, diabetic patients had significantly more gingival inflammation (P<0.05. The mean PI in the two groups did not differ significantly. Oral hygiene habits were similar in both groups but diabetic patients were significantly referred to dentists with lower frequency then that of control group (P=0.00. Conclusion: The devastating effects of diabetes on the oral health, along with other side effects can be effective in promoting tooth decay and gingivitis in diabetic patients. Unfortunately, oral health care and programmed dental visit were not the priority for the diabetic patient (and parents involved in our study. Therefore, programs to increase awareness and encourage patients for a better control of their oral health in order to diminish diabetes

  11. The small group in problem-based learning: more than a cognitive 'learning' experience for first-year medical students in a diverse population.

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    McLean, Michelle; Van Wyk, Jacqueline M; Peters-Futre, Edith M; Higgins-Opitz, Susan B

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    In problem-based learning (PBL) curricula, first-year students need to adapt to a new learning environment and an unfamiliar new pedagogy. The small-group tutorial potentially offers a learning environment where students can become self-directed learners, collaborating with other group members to achieve individual and group learning goals. At the end of the first six-week theme in a relatively new PBL curriculum, new medical students were canvassed about coping with PBL (self-directed learning; content; time management; resources) and the value of the small-group tutorial, the latter of which is currently being reported. Almost 84% of students (n = 178) responded. The benefits of participating in small groups were categorized into three domains-cognitive, affective and social-as identified from student responses. Results were analysed in terms of gender and prior educational experience (secondary school vs. prior tertiary educational experience). For almost 94% of students, the small-group tutorial provided a conducive learning environment that influenced their personal development (i.e. tolerance, patience) and socialization into the faculty. Significantly more males indicated that they had developed social skills, while more school-leavers (matriculants) than mature students felt more receptive to the views of others. More mature students claimed to have made friends. Irrespective of some conflicting opinions in the literature, the present results suggest that the PBL tutorial may be important in facilitating student socialization into a new and unfamiliar academic environment, particularly when the pedagogy differs markedly from their past educational experiences. Through interacting with fellow students from diverse origins who hold different views in the intimate setting of the small group, students felt that they had not only increased their knowledge but had also developed personally and socially. It is proposed that the small group may be useful for

  12. The Bursty Star Formation Histories of Low-mass Galaxies at 0.4 < z < 1 Revealed by Star Formation Rates Measured From Hβ and FUV

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    Guo, Yicheng; Rafelski, Marc; Faber, S. M.; Koo, David C.; Krumholz, Mark R.; Trump, Jonathan R.; Willner, S. P.; Amorín, Ricardo; Barro, Guillermo; Bell, Eric F.; Gardner, Jonathan P.; Gawiser, Eric; Hathi, Nimish P.; Koekemoer, Anton M.; Pacifici, Camilla; Pérez-González, Pablo G.; Ravindranath, Swara; Reddy, Naveen; Teplitz, Harry I.; Yesuf, Hassen

    2016-12-01

    We investigate the burstiness of star formation histories (SFHs) of galaxies at 0.4 models, e.g., non-universal initial mass function or stochastic star formation on star cluster scales, are unable to plausibly explain our results.

  13. Contextualizing the relevance of basic sciences: small-group simulation with debrief for first- and second-year medical students in an integrated curriculum.

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    Ginzburg, Samara B; Brenner, Judith; Cassara, Michael; Kwiatkowski, Thomas; Willey, Joanne M

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    There has been a call for increased integration of basic and clinical sciences during preclinical years of undergraduate medical education. Despite the recognition that clinical simulation is an effective pedagogical tool, little has been reported on its use to demonstrate the relevance of basic science principles to the practice of clinical medicine. We hypothesized that simulation with an integrated science and clinical debrief used with early learners would illustrate the importance of basic science principles in clinical diagnosis and management of patients. Small groups of first- and second-year medical students were engaged in a high-fidelity simulation followed by a comprehensive debrief facilitated by a basic scientist and clinician. Surveys including anchored and open-ended questions were distributed at the conclusion of each experience. The majority of the students agreed that simulation followed by an integrated debrief illustrated the clinical relevance of basic sciences (mean ± standard deviation: 93.8% ± 2.9% of first-year medical students; 96.7% ± 3.5% of second-year medical students) and its importance in patient care (92.8% of first-year medical students; 90.4% of second-year medical students). In a thematic analysis of open-ended responses, students felt that these experiences provided opportunities for direct application of scientific knowledge to diagnosis and treatment, improving student knowledge, simulating real-world experience, and developing clinical reasoning, all of which specifically helped them understand the clinical relevance of basic sciences. Small-group simulation followed by a debrief that integrates basic and clinical sciences is an effective means of demonstrating the relationship between scientific fundamentals and patient care for early learners. As more medical schools embrace integrated curricula and seek opportunities for integration, our model is a novel approach that can be utilized.

  14. Contextualizing the relevance of basic sciences: small-group simulation with debrief for first- and second-year medical students in an integrated curriculum

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    Ginzburg, Samara B; Brenner, Judith; Cassara, Michael; Kwiatkowski, Thomas; Willey, Joanne M

    2017-01-01

    Aim There has been a call for increased integration of basic and clinical sciences during preclinical years of undergraduate medical education. Despite the recognition that clinical simulation is an effective pedagogical tool, little has been reported on its use to demonstrate the relevance of basic science principles to the practice of clinical medicine. We hypothesized that simulation with an integrated science and clinical debrief used with early learners would illustrate the importance of basic science principles in clinical diagnosis and management of patients. Methods Small groups of first- and second-year medical students were engaged in a high-fidelity simulation followed by a comprehensive debrief facilitated by a basic scientist and clinician. Surveys including anchored and open-ended questions were distributed at the conclusion of each experience. Results The majority of the students agreed that simulation followed by an integrated debrief illustrated the clinical relevance of basic sciences (mean ± standard deviation: 93.8% ± 2.9% of first-year medical students; 96.7% ± 3.5% of second-year medical students) and its importance in patient care (92.8% of first-year medical students; 90.4% of second-year medical students). In a thematic analysis of open-ended responses, students felt that these experiences provided opportunities for direct application of scientific knowledge to diagnosis and treatment, improving student knowledge, simulating real-world experience, and developing clinical reasoning, all of which specifically helped them understand the clinical relevance of basic sciences. Conclusion Small-group simulation followed by a debrief that integrates basic and clinical sciences is an effective means of demonstrating the relationship between scientific fundamentals and patient care for early learners. As more medical schools embrace integrated curricula and seek opportunities for integration, our model is a novel approach that can be utilized

  15. Radiologic findings and curve progression 22 years after treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: comparison of brace and surgical treatment with matching control group of straight individuals.

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    Danielsson, A J; Nachemson, A L

    2001-03-01

    This study is a follow-up investigation for a consecutive series of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis treated between 1968 and 1977. In this series, 156 patients underwent surgery with distraction and fusion using Harrington rods, and 127 were treated with brace. To determine the long-term outcome in terms of radiologic findings and curve progression at least 20 years after completion of the treatment. Radiologic appearance is important in comparing the outcome of different treatment options and in evaluating clinical results. Earlier studies have shown a slight increase of the Cobb angle in brace-treated patients with time, but not in fused patients. Of 283 patients, 252 attended a clinical and radiologic follow-up assessment by an unbiased observer (91% of the surgically treated and 87% of the brace-treated patients). This evaluation included chart reviews, validated questionnaires, clinical examination, and full-length standing frontal and lateral roentgenographs. Curve size was measured by the Cobb method on anteroposterior roentgenograms as well as by sagittal contour and balance on lateral films. The occurrence of any degenerative changes or other complications was noted. An age- and gender-matched control group of 100 individuals was randomly selected and subjected to the same examinations. The mean follow-up times were 23 years for surgically treated group and 22 years for brace-treated group. The deterioration of the curves was 3.5 degrees for all the surgically treated curves and 7.9 degrees for all the brace-treated curves (P flat back syndrome developed in four patients. Eight of the patients treated with fusion (5.1%) had undergone some additional curve-related surgical procedure. The lumbar lordosis was less in the surgically treated than in the brace-treated patients or the control group (mean, 33 degrees vs 45 degrees and 44 degrees, respectively). Both surgically treated and brace-treated patients had more degenerative disc changes than

  16. High-resolution fission cross section of 231Pa. [0. 4 eV to 12 MeV

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    Plattard, S.; Auchampaugh, G. F.; Hill, N. W.; de Saussure, G.; Perez, R. B.; Harvey, J. A.

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    The /sup 231/Pa fission cross section was measured with high resolution at OREA from 0.1 to 12 MeV and between 0.4 eV and 10 keV. The data show evidence for fractionated vibrational structures in the threshold region of the fission cross section, and narrow fission resonances above 0.4 eV with an average fission width < GAMMA/sub f/ > = 8 ..mu..eV. 3 figures, 3 tables.

  17. Pattern of injury mortality by age-group in children aged 0–14 years in Scotland, 2002–2006, and its implications for prevention

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    Stone David H

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Knowledge of the epidemiology of injuries in children is essential for the planning, implementation and evaluation of preventive measures but recent epidemiological information on injuries in children both in general and by age-group in Scotland is scarce. This study examines the recent pattern of childhood mortality from injury by age-group in Scotland and considers its implications for prevention. Methods Routine mortality data for the period 2002–2006 were obtained from the General Register Office for Scotland and were analysed in terms of number of deaths, mean annual mortality rates per 100,000 population, leading causes of death, and causes of injury death. Mid-year population estimates were used as the denominator. Chi-square tests were used to determine statistical significance. Results 186 children aged 0–14 died from an injury in Scotland during 2002–06 (MR 4.3 per 100,000. Injuries were the leading cause of death in 1–14, 5–9 and 10–14 year-olds (causing 25%, 29% and 32% of all deaths respectively. The leading individual causes of injury death (0–14 years were pedestrian and non-pedestrian road-traffic injuries and assault/homicide but there was variation by age-group. Assault/homicide, fire and suffocation caused most injury deaths in young children; road-traffic injuries in older ones. Collectively, intentional injuries were a bigger threat to the lives of under-15s than any single cause of unintentional injury. The mortality rate from assault/homicide was highest in infants ( Conclusion Injuries continue to be a leading cause of death in childhood in Scotland. Variation in causes of injury death by age-group is important when targeting preventive efforts. In particular, the threats of assault/homicide in infants, fire in 1–4 year-olds, pedestrian injury in 5–14 year-olds, and suicide in 10–14 year-olds need urgent consideration for preventive action.

  18. Baseline fatty acids, food groups, a diet score and 50-year all-cause mortality rates. An ecological analysis of the Seven Countries Study.

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    Menotti, Alessandro; Kromhout, Daan; Puddu, Paolo Emilio; Alberti-Fidanza, Adalberta; Hollman, Peter; Kafatos, Anthony; Tolonen, Hanna; Adachi, Hisashi; Jacobs, David R

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    This analysis deals with the ecologic relationships of dietary fatty acids, food groups and the Mediterranean Adequacy Index (MAI, derived from 15 food groups) with 50-year all-cause mortality rates in 16 cohorts of the Seven Countries Study. A dietary survey was conducted at baseline in cohorts subsamples including chemical analysis of food samples representing average consumptions. Ecologic correlations of dietary variables were computed across cohorts with 50-year all-cause mortality rates, where 97% of men had died. There was a 12-year average age at death population difference between extreme cohorts. In the 1960s the average population intake of saturated (S) and trans (T) fatty acids and hard fats was high in the northern European cohorts while monounsaturated (M), polyunsaturated (P) fatty acids and vegetable oils were high in the Mediterranean areas and total fat was low in Japan. The 50-year all-cause mortality rates correlated (r= -0.51 to -0.64) ecologically inversely with the ratios M/S, (M + P)/(S + T) and vegetable foods and the ratio hard fats/vegetable oils. Adjustment for high socio-economic status strengthened (r= -0.62 to -0.77) these associations including MAI diet score. The protective fatty acids and vegetable oils are indicators of the low risk traditional Mediterranean style diets. KEY MESSAGES We aimed at studying the ecologic relationships of dietary fatty acids, food groups and the Mediterranean Adequacy Index (MAI, derived from 15 food groups) with 50-year all-cause mortality rates in the Seven Countries Study. The 50-year all-cause mortality rates correlated (r = -0.51 to -0.64) ecologically inversely with the ratios M/S [monounsaturated (M) + polyunsaturated (P)]/[saturated (S) + trans (T)] fatty acids and vegetable foods and the ratio hard fats/vegetable oils. After adjustment for high socio-economic status, associations with the ratios strengthened (r = -0.62 to -0.77) including also the MAI diet score

  19. Evolution of Cluster Red-Sequence Galaxies from redshift 0.8 to 0.4: ages, metallicities and morphologies

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    Sánchez-Blazquez, P; Noll, S; Poggianti, B M; Moustakas, J; Milvang-Jensen, B; Halliday, C; Aragón-Salamanca, A; Saglia, R P; Desai, V; De Lucia, G; Clowe, D I; Pellò, R; Rudnick, G; Simard, L; White, S D M; Zaritsky, D

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    We present a comprehensive analysis of the stellar population properties (age, metallicity and the alpha-element enhancement [E/Fe]) and morphologies of red-sequence galaxies in 24 clusters and groups from z~0.75 to z~0.45. The dataset, consisting of 215 spectra drawn from the ESO Distant Cluster Survey, constitutes the largest spectroscopic sample at these redshifts for which such an analysis has been conducted. Analysis reveals that the evolution of the stellar population properties of red-sequence galaxies depend on their mass: while the properties of most massive are well described by passive evolution and high-redshift formation, the less massive galaxies require a more extended star formation history. We show that these scenarios reproduce the index-sigma relations as well as the galaxy colours. The two main results of this work are (1) the evolution of the line-strength indices for the red-sequence galaxies can be reproduced if 40% of the galaxies with sigma < 175 km/s entered the red-sequence betwe...

  20. Sexual risk attitudes and intentions of youth aged 12-14 years: survey comparisons of parent-teen prevention and control groups.

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    Lederman, Regina P; Chan, Wenyaw; Roberts-Gray, Cynthia

    2004-01-01

    In this study, the authors compared differences in sexual risk attitudes and intentions for three groups of youth (experimental program, n = 90; attention control, n = 80; and nonparticipant control, n = 634) aged 12-14 years. Two student groups participated with their parents in programs focused on strengthening family interaction and prevention of sexual risks, HIV, and adolescent pregnancy. Surveys assessed students' attitudes and intentions regarding early sexual and other health-risk behaviors, family interactions, and perceived parental disapproval of risk behaviors. The authors used general linear modeling to compare results. The experimental prevention program differentiated the total scores of the 3 groups (p < .05). A similar result was obtained for student intentions to avoid sex (p < .01). Pairwise comparisons showed the experimental program group scored higher than the nonparticipant group on total scores (p < .01) and on students' intention to avoid sex (p < .01). The results suggest this novel educational program involving both parents and students offers a promising approach to HIV and teen pregnancy prevention.

  1. Intravenous injection of gadobutrol in an epidemiological study group did not lead to a difference in relative signal intensities of certain brain structures after 5 years

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    Kromrey, Marie-Luise; Liedtke, Kim Rouven; Langner, Soenke; Kirsch, Michael; Kuehn, Jens-Peter [University Medicine Greifswald, Institute of Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology, Greifswald (Germany); Ittermann, Till [University Medicine Greifswald, Institute for Community Medicine, Greifswald (Germany); Weitschies, Werner [University Greifswald, Institute of Biopharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, Greifswald (Germany)

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    To investigate if application of macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents in volunteers is associated with neuronal deposition detected by magnetic resonance imaging in a 5-year longitudinal survey. Three hundred eighty-seven volunteers who participated in a population-based study were enrolled. Subjects underwent plain T1-weighted brain MRI at baseline and 5 years later with identical sequence parameters. At baseline, 271 participants additionally received intravenous injection of the macrocyclic contrast agent gadobutrol (1.5 mmol/kg). A control group including 116 subjects received no contrast agent. Relative signal intensities of thalamus, pallidum, pons and dentate nucleus were compared at baseline and follow-up. No difference in relative signal intensities was observed between contrast group (thalamus, p = 0.865; pallidum, p = 0.263; pons, p = 0.533; dentate nucleus, p = 0.396) and control group (thalamus, p = 0.683; pallidum; p = 0.970; pons, p = 0.773; dentate nucleus, p = 0.232) at both times. Comparison between both groups revealed no significant differences in relative signal intensities (thalamus, p = 0.413; pallidum, p = 0.653; pons, p = 0.460; dentate nucleus, p = 0.751). The study showed no significant change in globus pallidus-to-thalamus or dentate nucleus-to-pons ratios. Five years after administration of a 1.5-fold dose gadobutrol to normal subjects, signal intensity of thalamus, pallidum, pons and dentate nucleus did not differ from participants who had not received gadobutrol. (orig.)

  2. Prevalence and determinants of co-use of alcohol and tobacco among men in working age group (18-59 years in India

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    Ankit Anand

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: The relationship between tobacco and alcohol use is very important in making strategies containing use of these products. Alcohol and tobacco use were studied separately in Indian studies, which can undermine their co-occurrences. The objective of the study is to know the prevalence and socio-economic determinants of co-occurrence of alcohol and tobacco use among men in working age groups.Data Sources: The data from the Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE Wave1 was used. It was a cross sectional household survey, which collected information for adults aged 18 years and above.Results: The prevalence of co-use of tobacco and alcohol among men aged 18-59 years was 23.5%. High use of tobacco was found among alcohol user. Age cohorts were also the important determinants of alcohol and tobacco use. The inverted U or V-shape relation was found between age groups and co-use of tobacco and alcohol. The prevalence was lowest for age groups 18-24 years and 50-59 years. Low education attainment and working in informal sector were the main risk factors for high co-use of these substances among men. The study also tried to look at the relationship between the co-use of alcohol and tobacco with some selected health indicators. Use of alcohol and tobacco was significantly related with under nutrition and increasing blood pressure levels among men in India.Conclusion: To contain the use of alcohol and tobacco to improve heath condition among adult men, policies and strategies must be form keeping the importance of their co-occurrences.

  3. Electrochemical Performance of Li2NixMn1-xSiO4 (x =0.4 ~ 0.7)Cathode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries%锂离子电池Li2NixMn1-xSiO4(x=0.4~0.7)正极材料的电化学性能

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    胡传跃; 郭军; 文瑾

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    采用湿化学方法,结合高温固相反应法制备了锂离子电池正极材料Li2NixMn1-xSiO4(x=0.4,0.5,0.6,0.7),以蔗糖为碳源对Li2NixMn1-xSiO4材料进行表面包覆.运用XRD、SEM、循环伏安测试和充放电循环等方法表征了Li2NixMn1-xSiO4的结构与电化学性能.XRD结果表明,Li2NixMn1-xSiO4/C固溶体属于Pmn21空间群结构.制备的Li2Nio.4Mn0.6SiO4/C具有较好的电化学性能,首次循环的充放电容量分别为219.9,132.4 mAh/g,循环20次后的可逆容量为72 mAh/g.%A cathode material Li2 NixMn1-xSiO4(x =0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7) was synthesized by wet chemical process in combination with high-temperature solid-state reaction method and was coated with carbon by using sucrose as carbon source. The structural and electrochemical performances of Li2NixMn1-xSiO4 were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cyclic voltammetry and charge-discharge test methods. XRD results showed that the solid solution of Li2NixMn1-xSiO4 had a structure of Pmn21 space group. The prepared Li2Ni0.4Mn0.6SiO4/C cathode showed good electrochemical performance. Its charge capacity and discharge capacity were 219. 9 mAh/g and 132. 4 mAh/g in the first cycle, respectively. The reversible capacity was stabilized at about 72 mAh/g after 20 cycles.

  4. Dynamics of the indicators of physical development, physical and technical fitness of young 12 - 15 year old weightlifters of the different groups of weight categories

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    Lutovinov Iu.A.

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    Full Text Available Here is the dynamics of indicators of physical development, physical and technical preparedness of young 12 - 15 year old weightlifters who are training for the Championship of Ukraine. 50 sportsman's has taken part in investigation. Age of sportsman - 12 - 15 years old. The indicators of physical development and preparedness of sportsmen were researched. The indicators of physical preparedness in control snatch, clean and jerk exercises were analyzed. The interconnection among the indicators of physical development as well as general and special physical preparedness of young weightlifters was shown. It was analyzed that the body length indicators of sportsmen are tend to grow by 15.2 % with an increase of weight category groups. It was estimated that the index of active mass of sportsman body grows by 14.2% with an increase of weight category groups. It was analyzed that the length indicators of upper and low extremities of young weightlifters grow on average by 14.6% and 15.1% with an increase of weight category groups. It was estimated that the indicators of general and special physical preparedness of young weightlifters grow on average by 18.2% and 40.8%.

  5. AN OBSERVATIONAL STUDY OF CHANGING EPIDEMIOLOGICAL TRENDS IN INCIDENCE OF PEPTIC PERFORATION IN AGE GROUP 15-45 YEARS IN M. Y. HOSPITAL, INDORE

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    Full Text Available AIM To investigate the recent change in epidemiology of benign peptic perforation in young adults. METHODS This is a prospective population-based single centre observational study of all patients diagnosed with benign perforated peptic ulcer; included were both gastric and duodenal ulcer patients admitted to Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital, Indore, between September 2013 and September 2015. Ulcers with a malignant neoplasia diagnosis verified by histology after biopsy, traumatic perforation, and perforation of age group >45 and 40 years, the incidence increased over 4 times and mortality more than 12 times compared to younger age <20 years. After 1 month followup, out of 172 discharged patients, 145 (84% patients came with symptoms resolved or having no complication. After 2 months followup, 158 (92% patients came with symptoms resolved and 166 (96% patients changed their dietary habits and lifestyle. CONCLUSION The incidence rate and mortality rate was stable. In our study, we found male preponderance, may be due to their lifestyle changes. Maximum number patients are found in age group 41-45 years. As in all previous studies, as age advances, incidence of peptic perforation also increases. Also, found strong relationship between consumption of oily or spicy food and non-vegetarian food with incidence of peptic perforation. Relation of peptic perforation with NSAIDs, smoking, and alcoholism follows same trends as in previous studies.

  6. Twelve-year proximity relationships in a captive group of western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, California, USA.

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    Nakamichi, Masayuki; Onishi, Kenji; Silldorf, April; Sexton, Peggy

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    Proximity data were collected in a captive breeding group of gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) at the San Diego Wild Animal Park (currently called the San Diego Zoo Safari Park) twice a year (spring and fall periods) for over 12 years, by using a convenient method in which individuals less than 5 m from each animal in the group were recorded by scan sampling, approximately once per hour. Immature females from infancy to young adulthood maintained relatively frequent proximity to both their mothers and the silverback male and spent little time alone (no animals within 10 m), with relatively large individual differences. On the other hand, immature males decreased the time spent near their mothers and the silverback male and increased the time spent alone with increasing age. Therefore, sex differences in proximity to mothers and the silverback male became apparent after late juvenility. Some adult females maintained increased frequency of proximity to the silverback male than that by other females over the 12-year period, indicating the presence of long-term, stable proximity relationships between the silverback male and the adult females. Such long-term, stable proximity relationships were also observed among adult females. Some association patterns reported in wild gorillas, such as frequent proximity between adult females with dependent offspring and the silverback male and close relationships between related females, were not observed in the present study. The idiosyncratic or individual factors influencing some association patterns were easily reflected in captive situations.

  7. Tunable magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Ehsani, M. H., E-mail: mhe-ehsani@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Semnan University, Semnan 35195-363 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kameli, P. [Department of Physics, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-8311 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ghazi, M. E. [Department of Physics, Shahrood University, Shahrood (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Razavi, F. S.; Taheri, M. [Department of Physics, Brock University, St.Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1 (Canada)

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    Nanoparticles of La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} with different particle sizes are synthesized by the nitrate-complex auto-ignition method. The structural and magnetic properties of the samples are investigated by X-Ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR) spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and DC magnetization measurements. The XRD study coupled with the Rietveld refinement shows that all samples crystallize in a rhombohedral structure with the space group of R-3 C. The FT-IR spectroscopy and TEM images indicate formation of the perovskite structure with the average sizes of 20, 40, and 100 nm for the samples sintered at 700, 800, and 1100 °C, respectively. The DC magnetization measurements confirm tuning of the magnetic properties due to the particle size effects, e.g., reduction in the ferromagnetic moment and increase in the surface spin disorder by decreasing the particle size. The magnetocaloric effect (MCE) study based on isothermal magnetization vs. filed measurements in all samples reveals a relatively large MCE around the Curie temperature of the samples. The peak around the Curie temperature gradually broadens with reduction of the particle size. The data obtained show that although variations in the magnetic entropy and adiabatic temperature decrease by lowering the particle size, variation in the relative cooling power values are the same for all samples. These results make this material a proper candidate in the magnetic refrigerator application above room temperature at moderate fields.

  8. Dry Reforming of Methane Over Various Doping Level of Ce on La1-Xcexni0.4Fe0.6O3perovskite nano catalyst

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    Parastoo Dezvareh

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    Full Text Available The La1-xCexNi0.4Fe0.6O3 (x= 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 perovskite nanostructures were prepared via citrate sol-gel method. Synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, temperature programmed reduction (TPR, and inductively coupled plasma (ICP techniques. Specific surface area was determined by BET measurement. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy techniques were applied to study the morphology of the prepared samples. XRD patterns confirmed that a well-crystallized perovskite structure was formed in doping level up to x=0.2. Morphology results showed that homogenous particles in the range of nanometers were obtained through the applied synthesis method. TPR analysis revealed that by increasing the doping level of Ce up to 0.2 inthe preparedsamples, reduction process shifted to lower temperatures.The addition of Ce to La1-xCexNi0.4Fe0.6O3enhances the catalytic activity up to x= 0.2,but decreased significantly when x> 0.2. Catalytic activityof La1-xCexNi0.4Fe0.6O3perovskites in dry reforming of methane (DRM were: LaNiO3>La0.8Ce0.2Ni0.4Fe0.6O3>La0.9Ce0.1Ni0.4Fe0.6O3> LaNi0.4Fe0.6O3>La0.7Ce0.3Ni0.4Fe0.6O3

  9. Microwave Absorbing Properties of Ba0.6Sr0.4Fe12-zMnzO19 (z = 0 – 3 Materials in XBand Frequencies

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    Full Text Available Ba0.6Sr0.4Fe12-zMnzO19 (z = 0,1,2, and 3 were successfully synthesized by solid state reaction through a mechanical milling method. Stoichiometric quantities of analytical-grade MnCO3, BaCO3, Fe2O3, and SrCO3 precursors with purity greater than 99% were mixed. It was found that the best phase composition, having an absorber with high performance, was Ba0.6Sr0.4Fe11MnO19. Refinement of the X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the Ba0.6Sr0.4Fe11MnO19 was single-phase and had a hexagonal structure (P63/mmc. Mechanical milling of Ba0.6Sr0.4Fe11MnO19 powders produced particles with a mean size of ~850 nm. SEM images revealed the morphology of the particles as being aggregates of fine grains. The magnetic properties of the Ba0.6Sr0.4Fe11MnO19 particles showed a low coercivity and a high remanent magnetization. The Ba0.6Sr0.4Fe11MnO19 has certain microwave absorber properties in the frequency range of 8-14 GHz, with an absorbing peak value of ‑8 dB and -10 dB at frequencies of 8.5 and 12.5 GHz, respectively. The study concludes that the Ba0.6Sr0.4Fe12-zMnzO19 that was successfully synthesized is a good candidate for use as an electromagnetic absorber material.

  10. The Moving Group Targets of the SEEDS High-Contrast Imaging Survey of Exoplanets and Disks: Results and Observations from the First Three Years

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    Brandt, Timothy D; McElwain, Michael W; Schlieder, Joshua E; Wisniewski, John P; Turner, Edwin L; Carson, J; Matsuo, T; Biller, B; Bonnefoy, M; Dressing, C; Janson, M; Knapp, G R; Moro-Martín, A; Thalmann, C; Kudo, T; Kusakabe, N; Hashimoto, J; Abe, L; Brandner, W; Currie, T; Egner, S; Feldt, M; Golota, T; Goto, M; Grady, C A; Guyon, O; Hayano, Y; Hayashi, M; Hayashi, S; Henning, T; Hodapp, K W; Ishii, M; Iye, M; Kandori, R; Kwon, J; Mede, K; Miyama, S; Morino, J -I; Nishimura, T; Pyo, T -S; Serabyn, E; Suenaga, T; Suto, H; Suzuki, R; Takami, M; Takahashi, Y; Takato, N; Terada, H; Tomono, D; Watanabe, M; Yamada, T; Takami, H; Usuda, T; Tamura, M

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    We present results from the first three years of observations of moving group targets in the SEEDS high-contrast imaging survey of exoplanets and disks using the Subaru telescope. We achieve typical contrasts of ~10^5 at 1'' and ~10^6 beyond 2'' around 63 proposed members of nearby kinematic moving groups. We review each of the kinematic associations to which our targets belong, concluding that six, \\beta Pictoris (~12 Myr), AB Doradus (~100 Myr), Columba (~30 Myr), Tucana-Horogium (~30 Myr), TW Hydrae (~10 Myr), and Ursa Majoris (~500 Myr), are sufficiently well-defined to constrain the ages of individual targets. Somewhat less than half of our targets are high-probability members of one of these moving groups. For all of our targets, we combine proposed moving group membership with other age indicators where available, including Ca II HK emission, X-ray activity, and rotation period, to produce a posterior probability distribution of age. SEEDS observations discovered a substellar companion to one of our ta...

  11. Five years' experience of transverse groin incision for femoral artery access in arterial reconstructive surgery: parallel observational longitudinal group comparison study.

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    Beirne, Christopher

    2008-07-01

    Vertical groin incisions (VGIs) have been used to access femoral vessels, but reports allude to wound complications. Our aim was to compare VGI with transverse groin incision (TGI) for femoral artery exposure. Over a 5-year interval, 196 patients with 284 femoral artery exposures for supra- and infrainguinal procedures were studied. Primary endpoints were surgical skin site wound infection, seroma, haematoma formation, and major lower limb amputation. Secondary endpoints were graft patency, wound paresthesias, and length of hospital stay. There were 160 TGIs and 124 VGIs. The demographics and risk factor profile were not statistically different between groups. Seroma developed in 4.4% of TGIs and 13.7% of VGIs (p= .005). The complicated skin and soft tissue infection rate was five times greater with VGI (p= .001). The VGI group had a significantly higher rate of major amputation (p= .0005). Significantly higher graft failure rates were observed in the VGI group (p= .011). No paresthesia was reported in any TGI wound. The mean hospital stay was also significantly shorter in the TGI group (p= .006). The study data support and expound on the theory that an alternative incision to VGI offers lower short- and long-term morbidity. Our findings sustain the selection of the TGI in femoral artery surgery for both supra- and infrainguinal procedures without compromise of vessel exposure.

  12. Waste Area Group 10, Operable Unit 10-08, Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Annual Status Report for Fiscal Year 2006

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    This report provides a status of the progress made in Fiscal Year 2006 on tasks identified in the Waste Area Group 10, Operable Unit 10-08, Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Work Plan. Major accomplishments include: (1) groundwater sampling and review of the groundwater monitoring data, (2) installation of a Sitewide groundwater-level monitoring network, (3) update of the Groundwater Monitoring and Field Sampling Plan of Operable Unit 10-08, (4) re-evaluation of the risk at Site TSF-08, (5) progress on the Operable Unit 10-08 Sitewide Groundwater Model.

  13. The analysis of ranges of variability of selected ratios from a group of assets productivity ratios three years before the declaration of bankruptcy by companies in Poland

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This article shows the research results concerning the development of the variability of five selected ratios from the group of assets productivity in companies with extremely different financial and economic positions. The research was conducted on a test sample of 380 business entities: 190 companies subject to bankruptcy in the years 2007-2011 and 190 “healthy” companies. The research shows a different usefulness of various ratios of the financial analysis considered as one-dimensional bankruptcy predictors used to predict and early detect symptoms of companies threatened with bankruptcy.

  14. Girls arrested for murder: an empirical analysis of 32 years of U.S. data by offender age groups.

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    Heide, Kathleen M; Sellers, Brian G

    2014-01-01

    Most studies on juvenile homicide offenders (JHOs) have used small samples and have concentrated on adolescent male offenders. As a result, little is known about the population of female juveniles arrested for murder. This study utilized the Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) database to investigate age differences between younger (aged 6-12 years) and older (aged 13-17 years) females arrested for murder in the United States from 1976 to 2007. As predicted, six variables used to test seven hypotheses with respect to younger and older female JHOs in single victim incidents were significant (victim age, victim gender, victim offender relationship, murder weapon, offender count, and homicide circumstance). Regression analysis revealed that younger girls were seven times more likely than older girls to kill children aged 0-12 years. Girls aged 6-12 years were five times more likely than their teen counterparts to be involved in conflict-related homicides as opposed to crime-related homicides. Although approximately the same percentages of younger and older girls killed infants under the age of 1, the victims were significantly different for the two offender age groups. This article concludes with a discussion of our findings and directions for future research.

  15. UV and VUV spectroscopic study of Na0.4Y0.6F2.2 crystals doped with rare-earth ions

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    Bezhanov, V. A.; Mikhaĭlin, V. V.; Chernov, S. P.; Karimov, D. N.; Sobolev, B. P.

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    The short-wavelength transmission spectra of Na0.4 R 0.6F2.2 crystals with R = Y, Yb, or Lu have been investigated. For these crystals, the VUV transmission cutoffs are 78750, 58820, and 75200 cm-1, respectively. The 4 f n-4 f n-15 d absorption and excitation spectra of Na0.4Y0.6F2.2 crystals activated with Ce3+, Pr3+, Nd3+, Er3+, Tm3+, and Yb3+ ions have been analyzed in the range 30000-80000 cm-1. The energy positions of the lowest levels of the 4 f n-15 d configurations of these ions in the fluorite crystal matrix Na0.4Y0.6F2.2 are determined. The absorption band in the spectral range 60600-70000 cm-1 in Na0.4(Y, Yb)0.6F2.2 crystals is due to the charge transfer from F- to Yb3+. It is shown that the environmental symmetry of Ce3+ ions in Na0.4R0.6F2.2 ( R = Y, Yb, Lu) crystals is almost identical.

  16. Study on preparation technique and properties of magnetostrictive epoxy bonded Tb1-xPrx(Fe0.4Co0.6)1.93 composites

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    LIU Jinjun; LIU Xincai; JIANG Chengyong; PAN Jing

    2008-01-01

    The magnetic and magnetostrictive properties of epoxy bonded Tb1-xPrx(Fe0.4Co0.6)1.93 (0.85≤x≤1.00) composites, prepared with different epoxy proportions using cold compression-molding technique, were investigated. It is found that the optimal conditions were with a compaction pressure of 100 MPa and a mass ratio of resin to powder of 5:100. The Tb0.1Pr0.9(Fe0.4Co0.6)1.93 composite rod had a high magnetostriction of 770 ppm at an applied magnetic field of 960 kA/m, whereas the Pr(Fe0.4Co0.6)1.93 composite reached 500 ppm at 400 kA/m. The good magnetostrictive properties of Pr(Fe0.4Co0.6)1.93 composite at low-field (≤400 kA/m) could be explained by its low anisotropy. These results indicated that the epoxy bonded Tb1-xPrx(Fe0.4Co0.6)1.93 rod samples for high Pr content of x=0.9-1.0 were of practical value.

  17. Global, Regional, and National Cancer Incidence, Mortality, Years of Life Lost, Years Lived With Disability, and Disability-Adjusted Life-years for 32 Cancer Groups, 1990 to 2015: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study.

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    Fitzmaurice, Christina; Allen, Christine; Barber, Ryan M; Barregard, Lars; Bhutta, Zulfiqar A; Brenner, Hermann; Dicker, Daniel J; Chimed-Orchir, Odgerel; Dandona, Rakhi; Dandona, Lalit; Fleming, Tom; Forouzanfar, Mohammad H; Hancock, Jamie; Hay, Roderick J; Hunter-Merrill, Rachel; Huynh, Chantal; Hosgood, H Dean; Johnson, Catherine O; Jonas, Jost B; Khubchandani, Jagdish; Kumar, G Anil; Kutz, Michael; Lan, Qing; Larson, Heidi J; Liang, Xiaofeng; Lim, Stephen S; Lopez, Alan D; MacIntyre, Michael F; Marczak, Laurie; Marquez, Neal; Mokdad, Ali H; Pinho, Christine; Pourmalek, Farshad; Salomon, Joshua A; Sanabria, Juan Ramon; Sandar, Logan; Sartorius, Benn; Schwartz, Stephen M; Shackelford, Katya A; Shibuya, Kenji; Stanaway, Jeff; Steiner, Caitlyn; Sun, Jiandong; Takahashi, Ken; Vollset, Stein Emil; Vos, Theo; Wagner, Joseph A; Wang, Haidong; Westerman, Ronny; Zeeb, Hajo; Zoeckler, Leo; Abd-Allah, Foad; Ahmed, Muktar Beshir; Alabed, Samer; Alam, Noore K; Aldhahri, Saleh Fahed; Alem, Girma; Alemayohu, Mulubirhan Assefa; Ali, Raghib; Al-Raddadi, Rajaa; Amare, Azmeraw; Amoako, Yaw; Artaman, Al; Asayesh, Hamid; Atnafu, Niguse; Awasthi, Ashish; Saleem, Huda Ba; Barac, Aleksandra; Bedi, Neeraj; Bensenor, Isabela; Berhane, Adugnaw; Bernabé, Eduardo; Betsu, Balem; Binagwaho, Agnes; Boneya, Dube; Campos-Nonato, Ismael; Castañeda-Orjuela, Carlos; Catalá-López, Ferrán; Chiang, Peggy; Chibueze, Chioma; Chitheer, Abdulaal; Choi, Jee-Young; Cowie, Benjamin; Damtew, Solomon; das Neves, José; Dey, Suhojit; Dharmaratne, Samath; Dhillon, Preet; Ding, Eric; Driscoll, Tim; Ekwueme, Donatus; Endries, Aman Yesuf; Farvid, Maryam; Farzadfar, Farshad; Fernandes, Joao; Fischer, Florian; G/Hiwot, Tsegaye Tewelde; Gebru, Alemseged; Gopalani, Sameer; Hailu, Alemayehu; Horino, Masako; Horita, Nobuyuki; Husseini, Abdullatif; Huybrechts, Inge; Inoue, Manami; Islami, Farhad; Jakovljevic, Mihajlo; James, Spencer; Javanbakht, Mehdi; Jee, Sun Ha; Kasaeian, Amir; Kedir, Muktar Sano; Khader, Yousef S; Khang, Young-Ho; Kim, Daniel; Leigh, James; Linn, Shai; Lunevicius, Raimundas; El Razek, Hassan Magdy Abd; Malekzadeh, Reza; Malta, Deborah Carvalho; Marcenes, Wagner; Markos, Desalegn; Melaku, Yohannes A; Meles, Kidanu G; Mendoza, Walter; Mengiste, Desalegn Tadese; Meretoja, Tuomo J; Miller, Ted R; Mohammad, Karzan Abdulmuhsin; Mohammadi, Alireza; Mohammed, Shafiu; Moradi-Lakeh, Maziar; Nagel, Gabriele; Nand, Devina; Le Nguyen, Quyen; Nolte, Sandra; Ogbo, Felix A; Oladimeji, Kelechi E; Oren, Eyal; Pa, Mahesh; Park, Eun-Kee; Pereira, David M; Plass, Dietrich; Qorbani, Mostafa; Radfar, Amir; Rafay, Anwar; Rahman, Mahfuzar; Rana, Saleem M; Søreide, Kjetil; Satpathy, Maheswar; Sawhney, Monika; Sepanlou, Sadaf G; Shaikh, Masood Ali; She, Jun; Shiue, Ivy; Shore, Hirbo Roba; Shrime, Mark G; So, Samuel; Soneji, Samir; Stathopoulou, Vasiliki; Stroumpoulis, Konstantinos; Sufiyan, Muawiyyah Babale; Sykes, Bryan L; Tabarés-Seisdedos, Rafael; Tadese, Fentaw; Tedla, Bemnet Amare; Tessema, Gizachew Assefa; Thakur, J S; Tran, Bach Xuan; Ukwaja, Kingsley Nnanna; Uzochukwu, Benjamin S Chudi; Vlassov, Vasiliy Victorovich; Weiderpass, Elisabete; Wubshet Terefe, Mamo; Yebyo, Henock Gebremedhin; Yimam, Hassen Hamid; Yonemoto, Naohiro; Younis, Mustafa Z; Yu, Chuanhua; Zaidi, Zoubida; Zaki, Maysaa El Sayed; Zenebe, Zerihun Menlkalew; Murray, Christopher J L; Naghavi, Mohsen

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    Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Current estimates on the burden of cancer are needed for cancer control planning. To estimate mortality, incidence, years lived with disability (YLDs), years of life lost (YLLs), and disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 32 cancers in 195 countries and territories from 1990 to 2015. Cancer mortality was estimated using vital registration system data, cancer registry incidence data (transformed to mortality estimates using separately estimated mortality to incidence [MI] ratios), and verbal autopsy data. Cancer incidence was calculated by dividing mortality estimates through the modeled MI ratios. To calculate cancer prevalence, MI ratios were used to model survival. To calculate YLDs, prevalence estimates were multiplied by disability weights. The YLLs were estimated by multiplying age-specific cancer deaths by the reference life expectancy. DALYs were estimated as the sum of YLDs and YLLs. A sociodemographic index (SDI) was created for each location based on income per capita, educational attainment, and fertility. Countries were categorized by SDI quintiles to summarize results. In 2015, there were 17.5 million cancer cases worldwide and 8.7 million deaths. Between 2005 and 2015, cancer cases increased by 33%, with population aging contributing 16%, population growth 13%, and changes in age-specific rates contributing 4%. For men, the most common cancer globally was prostate cancer (1.6 million cases). Tracheal, bronchus, and lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer deaths and DALYs in men (1.2 million deaths and 25.9 million DALYs). For women, the most common cancer was breast cancer (2.4 million cases). Breast cancer was also the leading cause of cancer deaths and DALYs for women (523 000 deaths and 15.1 million DALYs). Overall, cancer caused 208.3 million DALYs worldwide in 2015 for both sexes combined. Between 2005 and 2015, age-standardized incidence rates for all cancers combined increased in

  18. Contextualizing the relevance of basic sciences: small-group simulation with debrief for first- and second-year medical students in an integrated curriculum

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    Full Text Available Samara B Ginzburg,1 Judith Brenner,1 Michael Cassara,2 Thomas Kwiatkowski,1 Joanne M Willey,1 1Department of Science Education, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Hempstead, 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Northwell Health, Great Neck, NY, USA Aim: There has been a call for increased integration of basic and clinical sciences during ­preclinical years of undergraduate medical education. Despite the recognition that clinical simulation is an effective pedagogical tool, little has been reported on its use to demonstrate the relevance of basic science principles to the practice of clinical medicine. We hypothesized that simulation with an integrated science and clinical debrief used with early learners would illustrate the importance of basic science principles in clinical diagnosis and management of patients.  Methods: Small groups of first -and second-year medical students were engaged in a high-fidelity simulation followed by a comprehensive debrief facilitated by a basic scientist and clinician. Surveys including anchored and open-ended questions were distributed at the conclusion of each experience.  Results: The majority of the students agreed that simulation followed by an integrated debrief illustrated the clinical relevance of basic sciences (mean ± standard deviation: 93.8% ± 2.9% of first-year medical students; 96.7% ± 3.5% of second-year medical students and its importance in patient care (92.8% of first-year medical students; 90.4% of second-year medical students. In a thematic analysis of open-ended responses, students felt that these experiences provided opportunities for direct application of scientific knowledge to diagnosis and treatment, improving student knowledge, simulating real-world experience, and developing clinical reasoning, all of which specifically helped them understand the clinical relevance of basic sciences.  Conclusion: Small-group simulation followed by a debrief that integrates basic and clinical

  19. A neutron polarization analysis study of moment correlations in (Dy(0.4)Y(0.6))T(2) (T = Mn, Al).

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    Stewart, J R; Hillier, J M; Manuel, P; Cywinski, R

    2011-04-27

    We present a study of the magnetic moment correlations of two pseudo-binary C15 Laves phase compounds, (Dy(0.4)Y(0.6))Mn(2) and (Dy(0.4)Y(0.6))Al(2), both of which have spin-glass-like magnetic ground states at low temperature. We use neutron powder diffraction with polarization analysis to isolate the diffuse scattering associated with the correlated spin-glass ground state, and compare and contrast the two systems. Despite there being differences of correlation length scale, we discover that the moment-moment correlations of these two disordered magnets are quite similar over a short range, and hence conjecture that the Mn ions in (Dy(0.4)Y(0.6))Mn(2) have little influence on the ground-state magnetic properties.

  20. Recreational music-making: an integrative group intervention for reducing burnout and improving mood states in first year associate degree nursing students: insights and economic impact.

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    Bittman, Barry B; Snyder, Cherie; Bruhn, Karl T; Liebfreid, Fran; Stevens, Christine K; Westengard, James; Umbach, Paul O

    2004-01-01

    The challenges of providing exemplary undergraduate nursing education cannot be underestimated in an era when burnout and negative mood states predictably lead to alarming rates of academic as well as career attrition. While the multi-dimensional nature of this complex issue has been extensively elucidated, few rational strategies exist to reverse a disheartening trend recognizable early in the educational process that subsequently threatens to undermine the future viability of quality healthcare. This controlled prospective crossover study examined the impact of a 6-session Recreational Music-making (RMM) protocol on burnout and mood dimensions as well as Total Mood Disturbance (TMD) in first year associate level nursing students. A total of 75 first year associate degree nursing students from Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) participated in a 6-session RMM protocol focusing on group support and stress reduction utilizing a specific group drumming protocol. Burnout and mood dimensions were assessed with the Maslach Burnout Inventory and the Profile of Mood States respectively. Statistically significant reductions of multiple burnout and mood dimensions as well as TMD scores were noted. Potential annual cost savings for the typical associate degree nursing program (16,800 dollars) and acute care hospital (322,000 dollars) were projected by an independent economic analysis firm. A cost-effective 6-session RMM protocol reduces burnout and mood dimensions as well as TMD in associate degree nursing students.

  1. Nutritional Status among the Children of Age Group 5-14 Years in Selected Arsenic Exposed and Non-Exposed Areas of Bangladesh.

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    Mohammad Rezaul Karim

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available To assess and compare the nutritional status of children aged 5-14 years in arsenic exposed and non- exposed areas.It was a cross sectional study conducted on 600 children of age 5-14 years from arsenic exposed and non-exposed areas in Bangladesh. Designed questionnaire and check list were used for collection of data. To estimate BMI necessary anthropometric measurements of the studied children were done. Dietary intakes of the study children were assessed using 24-hours recall method.The difference of socio-economic conditions between the children of exposed area and non-exposed area was not significant. On an average the body mass index was found to be significantly (p < 0.01 lower among the children of arsenic exposed area (49% in comparison to that of children in non-exposed area (38%. Stunting (p < 0.01, wasting (p < 0.05 and underweight (p < 0.05 were significantly higher in exposed group in comparison to non-exposed group. No significant difference of nutrition intake was found between exposed and non-exposed children as well as thin and normal children.In this study children exposed to arsenic contaminated water were found to be suffered from lower nutritional status.

  2. A 7-year follow-up of multidisciplinary rehabilitation among chronic neck and back pain patients. Is sick leave outcome dependent on psychologically derived patient groups?

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    Bergström, Gunnar; Bergström, Cecilia; Hagberg, Jan; Bodin, Lennart; Jensen, Irene

    2010-04-01

    A valid method for classifying chronic pain patients into more homogenous groups could be useful for treatment planning, that is, which treatment is effective for which patient, and as a marker when evaluating treatment outcome. One instrument that has been used to derive subgroups of patients is the Multidimensional Pain Inventory (MPI). The primary aim of this study was to evaluate a classification method based on the Swedish version of the MPI, the MPI-S, to predict sick leave among chronic neck and back pain patients for a period of 7 years after vocational rehabilitation. As hypothesized, dysfunctional patients (DYS), according to the MPI-S, showed a higher amount of sickness absence and disability pension expressed in days than adaptive copers (AC) during the 7-years follow-up period, even when adjusting for sickness absence prior to rehabilitation (355.8days, 95% confidence interval, 71.7; 639.9). Forty percent of DYS patients and 26.7% of AC patients received disability pension during the follow-up period. However, this difference was not statistically significant. Further analyses showed that the difference between patient groups was most pronounced among patients with more than 60days of sickness absence prior to rehabilitation. Cost-effectiveness calculations indicated that the DYS patients showed an increase in production loss compared to AC patients. The present study yields support for the prognostic value of this subgroup classification method concerning long-term outcome on sick leave following this type of vocational rehabilitation.

  3. Fabrication of magnetic Fe@ZnO0.6S0.4 nanocomposite for visible-light-driven photocatalytic inactivation of Escherichia coli

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    Peng, Ziling; Wu, Dan; Wang, Wei; Tan, Fatang; Ng, Tsz Wai; Chen, Jianguo; Qiao, Xueliang; Wong, Po Keung

    2017-02-01

    Bacterial inactivation by magnetic photocatalysts has now received growing interests due to the easy separation for recycle and reuse of photocatalysts. In this study, magnetic Fe@ZnO0.6S0.4 photocatalyst was prepared by a facile two-step precipitation method. Multiple techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffused reflectance spectra (UV-vis DRS) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) were employed to characterize the structure, morphology and physicochemical properties of the photocatalyst. The as-obtained Fe@ZnO0.6S0.4 possessing magnetic property was easily collected from the reaction system by a magnet. Under white light-emitting-diode (LED) lamp irradiation, Fe@ZnO0.6S0.4 nanocomposite could completely inactivate 7-log of Escherichia coli K-12 within 5 h. More importantly, almost no decrease of photocatalytic efficiency in bacterial inactivation was observed even after five consecutive cycles, demonstrating Fe@ZnO0.6S0.4 exhibited good stability for reuse. The low released rate of Fe2+/Fe3+ and Zn2+ from Fe@ZnO0.6S0.4 composite further indicated the photocatalyst showed low cytotoxicity to bacterium and high stability under LED lamp irradiation. Facile preparation, high photocatalytic efficiency, good stability and reusability, and magnetic recovery property endow Fe@ZnO0.6S0.4 nanocomposite to be a promising photocatalytic material for bacterial inactivation.

  4. [Prevalence of myopia and increase trend in children and adolescents aged 7-18 years in Han ethnic group in China, 2005-2014].

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    Dong, Y H; Liu, H B; Wang, Z H; Yang, Z P; Xu, R B; Yang, Z G; Ma, J

    2017-05-10

    Objective: To understand and evaluate the prevalence of myopia and its trend in children and adolescents aged 7-18 years in Han ethnic group in China from 2005 to 2014, and provide evidence for the prevention of myopia. Methods: The data of 2005, 2010 and 2014 Chinese National Students Constitution and Health Surveys were collected. The children and adolescents with complete detection data of binoculus were selected as study subjects. The sample size of three studies were 233 108, 215 319 and 212 743, respectively. The method of curve fitting was used to simulate the myopia detection increase model and analyze the gender and area specific myopia detection increase trends and characteristics from 2005 to 2014. Results: The overall myopia detection rate increased gradually in the children and adolescents aged 7 to 18, which was 47.5% in 2005, 55.5% in 2010 and 57.1% in 2014, respectively. The increase slowed in 2014. A"parabola" shape of myopia detection increase rate was observed. Myopia detection rate increased with age before puberty and decreased with age after puberty gradually. A"cross phenomenon" of myopia detection increase was observed in boys and girls between urban and rural areas. The increase of myopia detection was mainly in urban students before puberty and in rural students after puberty. The age of myopia prevalence peak has become earlier constantly in children and adolescents aged 7-18 years from 2005 to 2014, which was 13 years old in 2005, 12 years old in 2010 and 11 years old in 2014. The increase rate was about 7%. During 2005-2014, the increase rate of myopia detection gradually increased in younger students and tended to zero in older students. Conclusion: The detection rate of myopia was still high in children and adolescents in China. The age of myopia prevalence peak has become earlier gradually.

  5. Metamaterials: A New Ba0.6 Sr0.4 TiO3 -Silicon Hybrid Metamaterial Device in Terahertz Regime (Small 19/2016).

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    Wu, Liang; Du, Ting; Xu, Ningning; Ding, Chunfeng; Li, Hui; Sheng, Quan; Liu, Ming; Yao, Jianquan; Wang, Zhiyong; Lou, Xiaojie; Zhang, Weili

    2016-05-01

    A giant terahertz modulation based on a Ba0.6 Sr0.4 TiO3 -silicon hybrid metamaterial is reported by L. Wu, W. Zhang, and co-workers on page 2610. The proposed nanoscale Ba0.6 Sr0.4 TiO3 (BST) hybrid metamaterial, delivering a transmission contrast of up to ≈79% due to electrically enabled carrier transport between the ferroelectric thin film and silicon substrate, is promising in developing high-performance real world photonic devices for terahertz technology.

  6. PREVALENCE OF OVERWEIGHT, OBESITY, PAEDIATRIC METABOLIC SYNDROME AND ASSOCIATED RISK FACTORS AMONG CHILDREN IN THE AGE GROUP OF 10-16 YEARS IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS OF SHIMLA CITY

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    Anmol Gupta

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Paediatric obesity is a complex and growing global problem which is escalating much more rapidly in developing countries like India and considered an important predecessor to NCD multi-morbidity due to changing life style as a result of rapid urbanisation and mechanisation. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of overweight, obesity, paediatric metabolic syndrome and associated risk factors among children in the age group of 10-16 years in private schools of Shimla city. MATERIALS AND METHODS At total of 2100 adolescents attending school (aged 10-16 years participated in this cross-sectional study. All the anthropometric, clinical and biochemical assessment was done after proper consent. Prevalence of overweight and obesity was assessed by using IOTF guidelines and the metabolic syndrome was determined by the Paediatric International Diabetic Federation definition modified for age group. RESULTS The prevalence of overweight, obesity and paediatric metabolic syndrome was 14.5%, 4.1% & 4.3% respectively. In the groups with PMS, hypertension, waist circumference, and TG were significantly higher, and HDL-C was significantly lower. Significant difference was observed in gender, physical activity level, metabolic equivalent, consumption of junk food & time spent on TV in the distribution of overweight, obesity and metabolic syndrome. CONCLUSION Our study highlights the possible role of change in the dietary pattern and physical activity pattern in the development of obesity and metabolic syndrome in early stage of life. Collective efforts of parents and schools are required to institute early preventive measures to reduce progression towards obesity and its future complications.

  7. The effect of color on the production of responses to Rorschach cards VIII, IX, and X in age groups of 11-12 and 15-16 years.

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    Silva, Danilo R; Ferreira, Ana Sousa

    2014-01-01

    The effect of color on the production of responses to the Rorschach task has been considered by investigators from 2 different positions: (a) that color has little effect on the production of responses, and (b) that color increases the number of responses. Some previous results found by the current investigators have supported the first position for the last 3 fully colored Rorschach cards (VIII, IX, and X), in children from 5 to 12 years old. Other studies of ours, however, have confirmed the second position for these same cards with a group of young adults 17 to 23 years old. As there was no increase of responses up to age 12, for this study we hypothesized a developmental effect in adolescence such that there would be an increase in the production of responses to the colored Rorschach cards at the age of 15 to 16 years, and this is what the results indicate. From a pragmatic standpoint, these results imply a revision of interpretive meaning for the Color and Affective Ratio variables in children's protocols. Our results also indicate that color cannot be regarded as a means of expression of affect at age 11 to 12 like it will be from age 15 to 16 and on.

  8. Crystal structure of new Li + ion conducting perovskites: Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3

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    Pham, Quoc Nghi; Crosnier-Lopez, Marie-Pierre; Le Berre, Françoise; Fauth, François; Fourquet, Jean-Louis

    2004-09-01

    Two new solid solutions—Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 (0.05⩽ x⩽0.25) and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3 (0ABO 3 perovskite structural type, are synthesized. The crystal structures of these Li + ion conducting compounds are solved from synchrotron radiation and conventional X-ray powder diffraction data. The unit cells exhibit a classical orthorhombic distortion of the cubic perovskite model (space group Pnma No. 62) with parameters close to 2a p, 2 ap, 2a p ( ap, primitive cubic cell parameter). The distortion of the cubic aristotype arises from the three tilts system a+b-b- of the TaO 6 octahedra. For the same lithium content ( x=0.10), the Sr 2+ substitution to Ca 2+ is found to enhance the electrical conductivity by quasi-one order of magnitude (at 200 °C, bulk dc conductivity values are close to 2.3×10 -6 and 1.1×10 -5 S cm -1 for Li 0.2Ca 0.4TaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 0.9Sr 0.1] 0.4TaO 3, respectively).

  9. Direct and indirect measurement of the magnetocaloric effect in a La0.6Ca0.4MnO3 ceramic perovskite

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    Dinesen, A.R.; Linderoth, Søren; Mørup, Steen

    2002-01-01

    The adiabatic temperature change DeltaT(ad) due to a change of the external magnetic field (the magnetocaloric effect) for a perovskite-type La0.6Ca0.4MnO3 sample has been measured directly and indirectly (from the entropy change) and the results are compared. From the indirect method, involving...

  10. Electrical properties of SrBa1−Fe0.6Sn0.4O3− NTC thermistors

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    C L Yuan; X Y Liu; J W Xu; X W Zhang; C R Zhou

    2012-06-01

    Polycrystalline thermistor ceramics with the stoichiometric formula, SrBa1−Fe0.6Sn0.4O3− (0.2 ≤ ≤ 0.8), had been prepared by a standard solid state reaction route. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the ceramic system remains cubic perovskite structure with a very small lattice change. The electrical properties of SrBa1−Fe0.6Sn0.4O3− thermistors were studied using a digital thermometer over a wide range of 298–400 K. The thermistors showed an excellent negative temperature coefficient (NTC) thermistor behaviour. The values of resistivity at 298 K (ρ982), thermistor constant (298/358) and activation energy (a) of the SrBa1−Fe0.6Sn0.4O3− thermistors, decreasing with the increase of Sr content, were in the range of 0.37–11.0 k.cm, 2466–3703 K and 0.212–0.319 eV, respectively. For the thermistors with the compositions = 0.2 and 0.4, the fitting equivalent circuit was composed of three RCPE elements corresponding to grain, grain boundary and ceramic–electrode interface, respectively. From the impedance plots, it was found that the fitting data showed good agreement with the experimental data. The extracted grain boundary resistance exhibited a NTC thermistor behaviour.

  11. Electron-phonon coupling in Ba sub 0. 6 K sub 0. 4 BiO sub 3 by discretized quantum path integral molecular dynamics

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    Lee, C.Y. (Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (United States)); Deymier, P.A. (Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (United States))

    1992-01-01

    We calculated the electron-phonon interaction energy and estimated the electron-phonon coupling constant in Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}BiO{sub 3} using a quantum path integral molecular dynamics. We determined the electron-phonon coupling constant at room temperature to be about 1.34. (orig.).

  12. Nanosecond and femtosecond ablation of La0.6Ca0.4CoO3: a comparison between plume dynamics and composition of the films

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    Canulescu, Stela; Papadopoulou, E.; Anglos, D.

    2011-01-01

    Thin films of La0.6Ca0.4CoO3 were grown by pulsed laser ablation with nanosecond and femtosecond pulses. The films deposited with femtosecond pulses (248 nm, 500 fs pulse duration) exhibit a higher surface roughness and deficiency in the cobalt content compared to the films deposited with nanosec...

  13. Crystal structure of the Nd(Ru{sub 0.6}Ge{sub 0.4}){sub 2} and ErRuGe compounds

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    Rizzoli, C.; Sologub, O.; Salamakha, P

    2003-02-17

    Using X-ray powder and single crystal diffraction, the crystal structures of the Nd(Ru{sub 0.6}Ge{sub 0.4}){sub 2} and ErRuGe compounds were investigated. The compounds belong to the KHg{sub 2} and TiNiSi type structure, respectively.

  14. Investigation of Structure and Hydriding Properties of La0.6 Nd0.4 Ni4.8 Mn0.2 Cux Alloys

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    Du Ping; Cao Wei; Lü Manqi; Yang Ke

    2004-01-01

    The structure and hydriding performance of La0.6Nd0.4Ni4.8Mn0.2Cux (x = 0 ~ 0.4) alloys were investigated in order to develop suitable materials for metal hydride air conditioner. The effect of Cu addition on the crystal structure,equilibrium pressure, hydrogen capacity and hysteresis as well as hydrogen absorption/desorption kinetics were systematically studied by using the measurement of P-C isotherms, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. As the amount of Cu increases, the plateau pressure increases and hydrogen absorption/desorption kinetics is improved, but the effective hydrogen storage capacity decreases. It is shown that variations in the basal plane parameter a can be used as an indication for the plateau pressure changes. With the increase of parameter a, the plateau pressure decreases. For La0.6 Nd0.4Ni4.8Mn0.2Cux(x = 0 ~ 0.4) alloys there is a relationship between the effective hydrogen storage capacities and the ratios of their unit cell parameters c and a. The effective hydrogen storage capacity decreases with increase of a/c.

  15. Improvement of Hydrogen Storage Properties of La0.6M0.4Ni4.8Mn0.2 Alloys

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    Ping DU; Wei CAO; Manqi LU; Jiangping CHEN; Ke YANG

    2004-01-01

    Investigation has been carried out to find the effects of Nd substitution and Cu addition on the hydrogen storage properties of AB5-type alloy with a multicomponent La0.6M0.4Ni4.8Mn0.2 (M=Y, Nd) system. La0.6Y0.4Ni4.8Mn0.2,which was used in an air-conditioning system, showed poor hysteresis and sloping characteristics, which led to a decrease concerning the coefficient of performance of the system. By the substitution of Nd for Y, the hydrogenstorage capacity increased, and the plateau pressure decreased a little, but the hydrogen absorption kinetics decreased dramatically. Cu addition can effectively improve the kinetics of hydride formation without changing the hydrogen storage capacity of La0.6Nd0.4Ni4.8Mn0.2. It has been found that La0.6Nd0.4Ni4.8Mn0.2Cu0.1 alloy showed good hydrogen storage characteristics for metal hydride air-conditioning system. The results showed that, for each component of La0.6Mo.4Ni4.8Mn0.2, the effective hydrogen storage capacity increased with decrease of the unit cell parameter c/a and the hydrogen absorption plateau pressure increased with decrease of the parameter a.

  16. Enhanced green emission from La0.4F3:Ce0.45,Tb0.15/TiO2 core/shell structure

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    T.K. Srinivasan; B.S. Panigrahi; N. Suriyamurthy; P.K. Parida; B. Venkatraman

    2015-01-01

    Nano sized La0.4F3:Ce0.45,Tb0.15 (core), La0.4F3:Ce0.45,Tb0.15 (TiO2) (core) shell, La0.55F:Ce0.45, and La0.85F3:Tb0.15 particles were synthesized by adopting co-precipitation technique in acidic environment and coated with TiO2 to form a core-shell structure by adopting a mechanical dispersion method at room temperature. The synthesized materials were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) absorption, photoluminescence and lifetime spectroscopy. The crystal structure of La0.4F3:Ce0.45,Tb0.15 remained the same as LaF3 after being doped with Ce and Tb ions but with a slight decrease in the lattice parameter. TEM image confirmed the for-mation of a core-shell structure. The La0.4F3:Ce0.45,Tb0.15/TiO2 exhibited Tb3+fluorescence enhancement by a factor of 1.76. Scin-tillation from the synthesized materials was also observed under X-ray excitation.

  17. Impact of Cr-poisoning on the conductivity of $LaNi_{0.6}Fe_{0.4}O_3$

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    Stodolny, M.K.; Boukamp, B.A.; Blank, D.H.A.; Berkel, van F.P.F.

    2011-01-01

    This study demonstrates the significant impact of Cr on the electronic conductivity of a LaNi0.6Fe0.4O3 (LNF) porous cathode layer at 800 °C. Vapor transport of Cr-species, originating from a porous metallic foam, and subsequent reaction with LNF, results in a decrease of the electronic conductivity

  18. Nature of the magnetic order in the charge-ordered cuprate La1.48Nd0.4Sr0.12CuO4

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    Christensen, Niels Bech; Rønnow, H.M.; Mesot, J.;

    2007-01-01

    Using polarized neutron scattering we establish that the magnetic order in La1.48Nd0.4Sr0.12CuO4 is either (i) one dimensionally modulated and collinear, consistent with the stripe model or (ii) two dimensionally modulated with a novel noncollinear structure. The measurements rule out a number...

  19. Resistive switching characteristics of Cu/ZnO0.4S0.6/Al devices constructed on plastic substrates.

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    Han, Yong; Cho, Kyoungah; Kim, Sangsig

    2012-07-01

    In this study, Cu/ZnO0.4S0.6Al devices are fabricated on plastic substrates using the sputtering method at room temperature. The ratio of O/S in the zinc oxysulfide thin film is confirmed to be 0.4/0.6 from the Auger depth profiling. The Cu/ZnO0.4S0.6/Al devices show unipolar resistive switching behaviors and the ratio of the measured resistance in the low-resistance state (LRS) to that in the high-resistance state (HRS) is above 10(4). The conduction mechanism of the LRS is governed by Ohm's law. On the other hand, in the HRS, the conduction mechanism at low voltages is controlled by Ohm's law, but that at high voltages results from the Poole-Frenkel emission mechanism. The Ohmic and Poole-Frenkel conduction mechanisms observed in the LRS and HRS support the filament model of unipolar resistive switching. The memory characteristics of the Cu/ZnO0.4S0.6/Al devices are retained for 10(4) sec without any change.

  20. Preparation and Characterization of Single-Phase Perovskite La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ

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    2006-01-01

    Single-phase perovskite La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ has been successfully prepared by using citrate-EDTA complexation method at relatively low calcination temperature. The structure and thermal decomposition process of the complex precursor have been investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry-thermal gravimetric analysis (DSC/TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic (FT-IR) measurements. The precursor decomposed completely and started to form perovskite-type oxide above 420 ℃ according to the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) results. Single-phase perovskite La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ obtained has been confirmed from the XRD pattern, and no peak of SrCO3 was found by XRD of the oxides synthesized at a relatively low temperature of 800 ℃. The reducibility of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ was also characterized by the temperature programmed reduction (TPR) technique. Disk shaped dense La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ membrane was prepared by the isostatical pressing method. The oxygen flux rate of dense La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ membrane was (2.8-18) × 10-8 mol/(cm2.s) in the temperature range of 800-1000 ℃.

  1. Enhanced microwave dielectric properties of Ba0.4Sr0.6TiO3 ceramics doping by metal Fe powders

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    Zhang, Qiwei; Zhai, Jiwei; Ben, Qianqian; Yu, Xian; Yao, Xi

    2012-11-01

    Ba0.4Sr0.6TiO3 ceramics by adding mental Fe powders have been fabricated via the solid-state reaction method. The microstructures and optical properties of samples are systematically studied in order to establish the effects of Fe powder additives on microwave dielectric properties of Ba0.4Sr0.6TiO3 ceramics by x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and optical reflective spectrum. The results show the coexistence of Fe2+ and Fe3+ in Ba0.4Sr0.6TiO3 ceramics, the decrease of O vacancy concentrations, and their incorporation into the B-site (Ti) of the Ba0.4Sr0.6TiO3 host lattice give rise to excellent microwave dielectric properties. All samples have a higher Q value above 290 while maintaining relatively high tunability above 16.6%. In particular, the sample with the composition of x = 0.035 mol has the dielectric constant of 889, Q × f value of 826 (at 1.370 GHz), and tunability of 24%, which are very promising for high power tunable devices. In comparison, Fe2O3 oxide doped Ba0.4Sr0.6TiO3 ceramics with the same molar ratios of Fe exhibit inferior microwave properties. It indicates that additives of the metal Fe powders can more effectively improve dielectric properties of BaxSr1-xTiO3 system than Fe2O3 oxide.

  2. Thermoelectric Properties of Alumina-Doped Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 Nanocomposites Prepared through Mechanical Alloying and Vacuum Hot Pressing

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    Chung-Kwei Lin

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available In this study, γ-Al2O3 particles were dispersed in p-type Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 through mechanical alloying to form γ-Al2O3/Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 composite powders. The composite powders were consolidated using vacuum hot pressing to produce nano- and microstructured composites. Thermoelectric (TE measurements indicated that adding an optimal amount of γ-Al2O3 nanoparticles improves the TE performance of the fabricated composites. High TE performances with figure of merit (ZT values as high as 1.22 and 1.21 were achieved at 373 and 398 K for samples containing 1 and 3 wt % γ-Al2O3 nanoparticles, respectively. These ZT values are higher than those of monolithic Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 samples. The ZT values of the fabricated samples at 298–423 K are 1.0–1.22; these ZT characteristics make γ-Al2O3/Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 composites suitable for power generation applications because no other material with a similarly high ZT value has been reported at this temperature range. The achieved high ZT value may be attributable to the unique nano- and microstructures in which γ-Al2O3 nanoparticles are dispersed among the grain boundary or in the matrix grain, as revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The dispersed γ-Al2O3 nanoparticles thus increase phonon scattering sites and reduce thermal conductivity. The results indicated that the nano- and microstructured γ-Al2O3/Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 alloy can serve as a high-performance material for application in TE devices.

  3. A comparative study of two mouthrinses on plaque and gingivitis in school children in the age group of 13-16 years in Bangalore city.

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    Jayaprakash, K; Veeresha, K L; Hiremath, S S

    2007-01-01

    Research and clinical evidence indicate that most forms of plaque associated periodontal disease start as inflammatory lesions of the gingiva which if left untreated, may progress and eventually involve and compromise the entire periodontal attachment apparatus of the affected teeth. A study was conducted to assess the effect of a mouthrinse containing chlorhexidine and sodium fluoride on plaque accumulation and gingivitis in comparison with a chlorhexidine mouthrinse alone in a group of school children aged 13-16 years in Bangalore city. This combination along with the well established effect of fluoride in the prevention of caries presents an important contribution to dental public health. The results suggest that the chlorhexidine-sodium fluoride mouthrinse potentially possesses a significant effect on inhibition of plaque accumulation and gingivitis. This combination along with the well-established effect of fluoride in the prevention of caries, presents an important contribution to dental public health.

  4. A comparative study of two mouthrinses on plaque and gingivitis in school children in the age group of 13-16 years in Bangalore city

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    Jayaprakash K

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Research and clinical evidence indicate that most forms of plaque associated periodontal disease start as inflammatory lesions of the gingiva which if left untreated, may progress and eventually involve and compromise the entire periodontal attachment apparatus of the affected teeth. A study was conducted to assess the effect of a mouthrinse containing chlorhexidine and sodium fluoride on plaque accumulation and gingivitis in comparison with a chlorhexidine mouthrinse alone in a group of school children aged 13-16 years in Bangalore city. This combination alongwith the well established effect of fluoride in the prevention of caries presents an important contribution to dental public health. The results suggest that the chlorhexidine-sodium fluoride mouthrinse potentially possesses a significant effect on inhibition of plaque accumulation and gingivitis. This combination along with the well-established effect of fluoride in the prevention of caries, presents an important contribution to dental public health.

  5. Group A rotavirus and bacterial agents associated with diarrhoea-induced hospitalisations in children below 5 years of age in Jammu

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Out of 210 faecal samples collected from children below 5 years attending different hospitals in Jammu and exhibiting clinical signs of diarrhoea, 41.9% samples were found positive for group A rotavirus by RNA-PAGE. Escherichia coli isolated in the study belonged to nine serogroups, out of which O69 was most frequent, being present in 12.38% samples. E. coli serogroups well recognised as enteropathogens viz. O69, O20 and O153 were present in 27.6% samples. Other bacterial pathogens associated with diarrhoea were present in 8.09% samples, out of which Shigella spp. was found in 4.76% samples followed by Salmonella spp. (2.38% and Pseudomonas spp. (0.95%.

  6. [Epidemiological study on thalassemia among the children of 0 - 7 years old among the six ethnic groups in Xishuangbanna and Dehong of Yunnan province].

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    Zhao, Zhong-Ming; Yao, Li-Qin; Fan, Li-Mei; Zou, Tuan-Biao; Chen, Qian; Hu, Li-Sha; Yang, Fa-Bin; Liu, Jin-Tao; Wang, Xing-Tian

    2011-04-01

    To investigate the prevalence rate of thalassemia among children of 0 - 7 years old, from six ethnic groups in Xishuangbanna and Dehong, Yunnan province. 4973 blood samples from children under 7 years old were automatically undergone blood cell count, red cell osmotic fragility and hemoglobin electrophoresis testings. The incidence rates of thalassaemia, β-thalassemia was 37.4%, and α-thalassaemia were 22.6% and 14.7% respectively. The thalassaemia incidence rates were significantly different among age groups but not in gender. The incidence of α-thalassaemia was decreasing along with the increase of age, while the incidence of β-thalassaemia was increasing along with the increase of age. Xishuangbanna had the higher incidence than in Dehong and the differences were significant between counties, The incidence of thalassemia of Mengla ranked the first (52.2%) in Xishuangbanna, The differences between different regions and different nationalities were significant, with β-thalassemia of Achang ranked the first (40.6%), The incidence of α-thalassemia among Han ranked the first as 45.5% while α-thalassaemia and β-thalassemia were different in regions. α-thalassaemia and β-thalassemia were significantly different between different ethnic people in the same regions. Multiple factor analysis showed that region seemed to be a risk factor and the mother's ethnicity was a protective factor and dependent variable on thalassaemia. The incidence of thalassaemia in Yunnan Xishuangbanna and Dehong was high among children under the age of 7 and were related to ethnic and regional differences in the areas. Specific genes were proliferated along with the extension of time. Our data provided valuable information on prevention and genetic studies on thalassaemia in the minorities of Xishuangbanna and Dehong in Yunnan province.

  7. DETERMINATION OF LIFE QUALITY OF HEALTHY CHILDREN AT THE AGE GROUP OF 4-7 YEARS ACCORDING TO THEIR PARENTS’ VIEWS

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Thus this study aims to investigate life quality of healthy children at the age group of 4-7 years who received/still receive pre-school education according to their parents’ views by means of general life quality criteria. This is a descriptive research. The study group included parents of 78 healthy children between the ages of 4-7 years who received or still receive pre-school education. “KINDL”4-7 Age Family Form was used to collect data as parents would assess life quality of their children indirectly. SPSS 15.0 package program was used to analyze the data. Mann-Whitney U Test and Kruskal-Wallis H Test were used to determine whether there is a difference between scale scores related to socio-demographic features. According to parents’ views, the factors on which children have highest life quality are “family” (  =83.21, “kindergarten” (  =82.82, “emotional well-being” (  =81.99, “social relationships” (  =81.67, respectively. The lowest factors are “self-esteem” (  =75.00 and “physical well-being” (  =69.94, respectively. Total score average of KINDL is (  = 79.10. Parents’ views about life quality of their children (general scale scores do not statistically significantly differ by gender and age of children and children number in family (p>0.05. Results which obtained from the research is important in the sense tahat to show what is the level of healty children wcich taken pre-scholl education and continue to take. And what they are affected. And then in the sense that to the effect of reducing in the problems of life quality which will be lived at next time.

  8. Three-dimensional preservation of cellular and subcellular structures suggests 1.6 billion-year-old crown-group red algae

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    Bengtson, Stefan; Sallstedt, Therese; Belivanova, Veneta; Whitehouse, Martin

    2017-01-01

    The ~1.6 Ga Tirohan Dolomite of the Lower Vindhyan in central India contains phosphatized stromatolitic microbialites. We report from there uniquely well-preserved fossils interpreted as probable crown-group rhodophytes (red algae). The filamentous form Rafatazmia chitrakootensis n. gen, n. sp. has uniserial rows of large cells and grows through diffusely distributed septation. Each cell has a centrally suspended, conspicuous rhomboidal disk interpreted as a pyrenoid. The septa between the cells have central structures that may represent pit connections and pit plugs. Another filamentous form, Denaricion mendax n. gen., n. sp., has coin-like cells reminiscent of those in large sulfur-oxidizing bacteria but much more recalcitrant than the liquid-vacuole-filled cells of the latter. There are also resemblances with oscillatoriacean cyanobacteria, although cell volumes in the latter are much smaller. The wider affinities of Denaricion are uncertain. Ramathallus lobatus n. gen., n. sp. is a lobate sessile alga with pseudoparenchymatous thallus, “cell fountains,” and apical growth, suggesting florideophycean affinity. If these inferences are correct, Rafatazmia and Ramathallus represent crown-group multicellular rhodophytes, antedating the oldest previously accepted red alga in the fossil record by about 400 million years. PMID:28291791

  9. To estimate the effect of relationship of salt iodine level and prevalence of goiter among women of reproductive age group (15-49 years).

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    Kousar, Junaid; Kawoosa, Zaffar; Hamid, Sajad; Munshi, Iftikhar Hussain; Hamid, Shahnawaz; Rashid, Arsalaan F

    2013-12-01

    The present study is a Cross-Sectional Study and was conducted in Post-graduate department of Community Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Srinagar between Feb. 2012 and Jan. 2013. The sample size of 1,041 was estimated. The study was conducted to estimate the effect of relationship of salt iodine level and prevalence of goiter among women of reproductive age group in two districts of Kashmir valley, district Srinagar and district Ganderbal, which were selected randomly. A frame of the blocks and villages in the two districts and their population was formed. From each district 10% of the blocks were selected using simple random sampling. From each block, 5% of the villages were selected using simple random sampling. A door to door survey was conducted in the selected villages and all the women in the reproductive age group (15-49 years) identified and examined clinically for goiter after taking informed consent. Salt samples (one teaspoonful) from every household were taken and assessed for iodine content on spot and the iodine content of salt was assessed qualitatively by spot testing kits. The results of the present study have indicated that iodine deficiency continues to be a health problem. Almost the whole population consumes powdered salt but the storage and cooking practices diminish the iodine content of salt and results in decreased intake. Thus the need of the hour is to make people aware about proper storage and cooking practices. Women in the reproductive age group especially need to be made aware about the importance of consumption of adequately iodized salt because of the wide range of ill effects of iodine deficiency on the developing fetus and the growing child. In addition monitoring of iodine content of salt at distributor level should be done.

  10. Spinal sagittal mobility and joint laxity in young ballet dancers. A comparative study between first-year students at the Swedish Ballet School and a control group.

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    Nilsson, C; Wykman, A; Leanderson, J

    1993-01-01

    The present study compares spinal configuration, spinal range of motion and joint mobility in first-year students of the Swedish Ballet School and in nondancing students of corresponding age and sex in a state school. The study comprises all the first-year (fourth grade) students (n = 23) at the Swedish Ballet School: 11 boys and 12 girls. Their dance practice time was 10 h per week. Thirty-six children in the fourth grade at a state school comprised the control group. None of the controls took ballet classes or participated in organised gymnastics out of school. The neutral spine configuration in standing and the sagittal spine mobility were measured using Debrunner's kyphometer and Myrin's inclinometer. Joint laxity was measured by employing a modified form of the Contompasis method. Compared with the controls, the dancers showed a higher incidence of joint hypermobility, greater mobility of the thoracic spine, a less prominent lordosis of the lumbar spine and a less prominent kyphosis in the thoracic spine in the neutral standing position. The dancers had done little or no ballet training before entering the ballet school at the age of ten. The results agree with those of earlier studies and suggest that increased flexibility is an asset for those being selected as future ballet dancers.

  11. Description and student self-evaluation of a pilot integrated small group learning and simulation programme for medical students in the first clinical year.

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    Levinson, Michele; Kelly, Diane; Zahariou, Krisoula; Johnson, Matthew; Jackman, Christine; Mackenzie, Sara

    2017-02-01

    Contemporary education for medical students should be student-centred, integrated and contextualised. Small group learning promotes clinical reasoning and skills for lifelong learning. Simulation can provide experiential learning in a safe and controlled environment. We developed a weekly integrated problem-based learning and simulation programme (IPS) over two semesters in the first clinical year to augment clinical placement experience and contextualise theory into work-relevant practice. To evaluate the new programme at Kirkpatrick level 1. An anonymous survey of participating students. The programme was well liked. Students found the programme relevant and that they had a better understanding of patient safety and the assessment of the deteriorating patient. They felt it contributed to integration of theory and practice, clinical reasoning and the acquisition of non-technical skills, particularly affective and communication elements. This IPS programme in the first clinical year can deliver a student-centred curriculum to complement clinical placement that delivers the important requirements of contemporary medical student education. © 2016 Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

  12. CLINICAL PROFILE OF RHEUMATIC FEVER AND RHEUMATIC HEART DISEASE IN CHILDREN UNDER 15 YEARS AGE GROUP AND ITS CORRELATION WITH ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Context ( Back ground Acute Rheumatic fever and Rheumatic heart disease are the most common acquired childhood heart disease in India. It is well established that 2 D Echo cardiography is more sensitive in picking up minor degrees of valvular regurgitation than clinical examination . AIMS & OBJECTIVES: To study the clinical profile of “Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic heart disease“ & correlate it with Echocardiographic fin dings in Children under 15 years age group presenting to a tertiary care hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS OF STUDY: Thirty six cases of Acute Rheumatic fever, which includes eight cases of first attack and twenty eight cases of reactivation of Rheumatic fev er were studied over a period of two years in paediatric medical wards, King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam. The revised (1992 modified Jones criteria with the 1988 WHO modification was taken as a criterion to diagnose Acute Rheumatic fever . RESULTS : Peak age of Acute Rheumatic fever and Chronic Rheumatic heart disease is between 5 - 10 years (55.8%. No sex variation has been observed. Fever and joint involvement are the most common clinical manifestations (87.5%each in first attack cases. Active cardi tis (75% the second most common manifestation , followed by arthralgia (25% and sore throat (25% , chorea , chest pain , abdominal pain were infrequent manifestations found to be 12.5% each. None of the cases had Erythema marginatum. CONCLUSION : In the pres ent study the clinical findings were correlated with that of previous studies and Echocardiographic findings were correlated well as far as moderate to severe lesions. Further Echocardiography was proved to be more sensitive in detecting even trivial or mi ld aortic regurgitation and mitral or aortic stenosis.

  13. Six years' experience with prostaglandin I2 infusion in elective open repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm: a parallel group observational study in a tertiary referral vascular center.

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    Beirne, Chris

    2008-11-01

    The prostaglandin I(2) (PGI(2)) analogue iloprost, a potent vasodilator and inhibitor of platelet activation, has traditionally been utilized in pulmonary hypertension and off-label use for revascularization of chronic critical lower limb ischemia. This study was designed to assess the effect of 72 hr iloprost infusion on systemic ischemia post-open elective abdominal aortic aneurysm (EAAA) surgery. Between January 2000 and 2007, 104 patients undergoing open EAAA were identified: 36 had juxtarenal, 15 had suprarenal, and 53 had infrarenal aneurysms, with a mean maximal diameter of 6.9 cm. The male-to-female ratio was 2.5:1, with a mean age of 71.9 years. No statistically significant difference was seen between the study groups with regard to age, sex, risk factors, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) grade, or diameter of aneurysm repaired. All emergency, urgent, and endovascular procedures for aneurysms were excluded. Fifty-seven patients received iloprost infusion for 72 hr in the immediate postoperative period compared with 47 patients who did not. Patients were monitored for signs of pulmonary, renal, cardiac, systemic ischemia, and postoperative intensive care unit (ICU) morbidity. Statistically significantly increased ventilation rates (p=0.0048), pulmonary complication rates (p=0.0019), and myocardial ischemia (p=0.0446) were noted in those patients not receiving iloprost. These patients also had significantly higher renal indices including estimate glomerular filtration rate changes (p=0.041) and postoperative urea level rises (p=0.0286). Peripheral limb trashing was noted in five patients (11.6%) in the non-iloprost group compared with no patients who received iloprost. Increased rates of transfusion requirements and bowel complications were noted in those who did not receive iloprost, with their ICU stay greater than twice that of iloprost patients. All-cause morbidity affected 67% of patients not receiving iloprost compared to 40% who did

  14. The effect of A-site deficiency on the performance of La1-sFe0.4Ni0.6O3-delta cathodes

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    Kammer Hansen, Kent

    2010-01-01

    the amount of Ni in the perovskite phase, as powder XRD revealed that NiO was expelled from the perovskite lattice when the A-site stoichiometry was decreased. NiO inhibit the reduction of oxygen as the activity of a nominally A-site deficient La1-sFe0.4Ni0.6O3- perovskite was worse than the activity...... of the corresponding LaFe0.4+sNi0.6-sO3- perovskite without NiO. NiO is therefore poison for the reduction of oxygen at the cathode in a solid oxide fuel cell....

  15. Growth and interface engineering in thin-film Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 /SrMoO3 heterostructures

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    Radetinac, Aldin; Ziegler, Jürgen; Vafaee, Mehran; Alff, Lambert; Komissinskiy, Philipp

    2017-04-01

    Epitaxial heterostructures of ferroelectric Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 and highly conducting SrMoO3 were grown by pulsed laser deposition on SrTiO3 (0 0 1) substrates. Surface oxidation of the SrMoO3 film is suppressed using a thin cap interlayer of Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3-δ grown in reduced atmosphere. As shown by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the Mo4+ valence state of the SrMoO3 films is stable upon annealing of the sample in oxygen up to 600 °C. The described oxygen interface engineering enables utilization of the highly conducting material SrMoO3 in multilayer oxide ferroelectric varactors.

  16. Electrochemical Properties of Strip Casting LPCNi3.55Co0.75Mn0.4Al0.3 Hydrogen Storage Alloys

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    吴朝玲; 陈云贵; 李锋; 唐定骧; 李梦; 涂铭旌

    2002-01-01

    LPCNi3.55Co0.75Mn0.4Al0.3 hydrogen storage alloy was investigated, and the effects of thickness of its strip casting ingots(as-cast) on the electrochemical performances were discussed. It was found that the 0.2 C discharge capacity increased with the increase of the thickness (from 1 mm to 10 mm) of the ingots, mainly due to the enlargement of the unit cell volume; Among the thickness of the ingots in our study, 10 mm sample showed a better activation property; LPCNi3.55Co0.75Mn0.4Al0.3 alloy with 10mm showed higher comprehensive properties than those with other thickness under 1C rate.

  17. Improvement in elastic properties of CuAl{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 1.6}O{sub 4} spinel ferrite by rapid thermal cooling

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    Modi, K. B., E-mail: kunalbmodi2003@yahoo.com; Shah, S. J., E-mail: kunalbmodi2003@yahoo.com; Pathak, T. K., E-mail: kunalbmodi2003@yahoo.com; Vasoya, N. H., E-mail: kunalbmodi2003@yahoo.com; Lakhani, V. K., E-mail: kunalbmodi2003@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Saurashtra University, Rajkot-360005 (India); Yahya, A. K. [School of Physics and Materials Studies, University Technology MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2014-04-24

    The elastic properties of spinel ferrite composition, CuAl{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 1.6}O{sub 4}, quenched from final sintering temperature of 1373 K to liquid nitrogen temperature (∼ 80K) have been studied by means of X-ray powder diffractometry and pulse echo-overlap technique (9 MHz) at 300 K. The magnitude of elastic constants is found to enhance by 15% compared to slowly-cooled counterpart. The observed mechanical strengthening has been discussed in the light of compressive stress on the surface, with tensile stresses at interior regions and corresponding changes in structural parameters. The B{sub o}/G{sub o} ratio indicates the brittle nature of CuAl{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 1.6}O{sub 4}.

  18. On the origin of the two thermally driven relaxations in diluted spin ice Dy(1.6)Y(0.4)Ti2O7.

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    Xing, Hui; Guo, Hanjie; Feng, Chunmu; Xu, Zhu-An; Zeng, Hao

    2013-01-30

    We report quantitative analysis of the ac susceptibility of the diluted spin ice compound Dy(1.6)Y(0.4)Ti(2)O(7), by fitting the frequency spectra of the two observed relaxation modes with a double Cole-Cole formula. Our results suggest that both modes are thermally activated, with the same intrinsic frequency, but different activation barriers. We propose that these thermally activated relaxation modes can be attributed to correlated spin clusters.

  19. Magnetocaloric effect across the coupled structural and ferromagnetic transition in Pr0.1Ce0.4Sr0.5MnO3

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    C Madhu; A Sundaresan

    2008-11-01

    We have investigated the magnetocaloric effect across a first order structural transition coupled to the ferromagnetic transition (C ∼ 270 K) in Pr0.1Ce0.4Sr0.5MnO3 using magnetization and heat capacity measurements. The adiabatic magnetic entropy change || obtained from magnetization measurements for a magnetic field change of 2 T is around 1.3 J/kg K. A similar value of || was obtained from the analysis of heat capacity data.

  20. Unique features of storm surges through power transformers 6-35/0 , 4 kV winding connection with the scheme "triangle -star with distributed neutral".

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    Aleksandr Grinev

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This article analyzes the transmission of storm surges in the network 0.38 / 0.22 kV neutral to earth through the power transformers 6-35/0 , 4 kV winding connection with the scheme "triangle -star with distributed neutral ." Proposed equivalent circuit for cases falling storm waves on the three phases simultaneously and fall of waves on one phase. The article can be useful to specialists in the field of electromagnetic compatibility.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of Ni0.5Zn0.4Cu0.1Fe2O4 as a magnetic feeder for electromagnetic transmitter application

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    Shafie, Afza; Pransisco, Prengki; Guan, Beh Hoe; Annur, Robithoh

    2016-11-01

    Material ferrites with composition Ni0.5Zn0.4Cu0.1Fe2O4 has been successfully synthesized through sol gel method in difference calcination temperature 600 °C, 700 °C, 800 °C and 900 °C respectively. The temperatures calcination of the material was obtained from thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) results. Phase and crystallite size of material were investigated using X-Ray diffraction (XRD). Microstructure, shape and distribution particles of Ni0.5Zn0.4Cu0.1Fe2O4 were examined using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Magnetic properties were investigated using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Initial permeability and magnetic loss factor were examined by impedance analyzer. Computer simulation technique (CST) was used to simulate electromagnetic transmitter (antenna) with magnetic feeder. The thermo-gravimetric analysis result shows that the total weight loss of Ni0.5Zn0.4Cu0.1Fe2O4 was completed at temperature 572 °C. XRD result shows single phase and no secondary phase was detected and it has a variation of crystallite size in the range of 0.2 to 1.3 nm. The HRTEM result exhibits microstructure particle in interval value of 46-89 nm with agglomeration shape. The highest magnetic saturation was founded at highest calcination temperature 900 °C. The Initial permeability and relative loss factor of the material were 187 and 0.03 respectively. Electromagnetic transmitter with magnetic feeder Ni0.5Zn0.4Cu0.1Fe2O4 exhibits magnitude of magnetic field 1.03×10-6 tesla, which is higher as compared to the transmitter without magnetic feeder with magnitude magnetic field 8.4×10-14 Tesla.

  2. Oxygen transport in La 0.6Sr 0.4Co 1- yFe yO 3-d

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    Bouwmeester, H.J.M.; Otter, den M.W.; Boukamp, B.A.

    2004-01-01

    The surface exchange coefficient and chemical diffusion coefficient of oxygen for the perovskites La0.6Sr0.4Co1–yFeyO3–delta (y=0.2, 0.5 and 0.8) were measured using the conductivity relaxation technique. Measurements were performed between 600 and 800 °C in an oxygen partial pressure range between

  3. Unexpected magnetism, Griffiths phase, and exchange bias in the mixed lanthanide Pr0.6Er0.4Al2

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    Pathak, Arjun K. [Ames Laboratory; Paudyal, D. [Ames Laboratory; Jayasekara, W. T. [Ames Laboratory; Calder, S. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Kreyssig, A. [Ames Laboratory; Goldman, Alan I. [Ames Laboratory; Gschneidner, Karl A. [Ames Laboratory

    2014-06-01

    We report an unusual coexistence of ferromagnetism and ferrimagnetism, and metamagnetism in Pr0.6Er0.4Al2. In addition, this compound retains a clear Griffiths phase behavior even at 1 kOe magnetic field and shows a large exchange bias after field cooling from the paramagnetic state. The crystal-field excitations and opposite exchange interactions between nearest-neighbor and next-nearest-neighbor rare earth sites explain these behaviors.

  4. Methane activation on a La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3 perovskite: Catalytic and electrocatalytic results

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    Tsiakaras, P.; Athanasiou, C.; Marnellos, G.; Stoukides, M.; Elshof, ten J.E.; Bouwmeester, H.J.M.

    1998-01-01

    The catalytic and electrocatalytic behavior of the La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3 (LSCF) perovskite deposited on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was studied during the reaction of methane oxidation. Experiments were carried out in a well-mixed (CSTR) reactor at atmospheric pressure, in the 600–900°C range.

  5. Electrochemical oxidation of sour natural gas over La0.4Ce0.6O1.8 - La0.4Sr0.6TiO3±d anode in SOFC: A mechanism study of H2S effects

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    Roushanafshar, M; Yan, N.; Chuang, K.T.; Luo, J.L.

    2015-01-01

    For solid oxide fuel cell with La0.4Ce0.6O1.8–La0.4Sr0.6TiO3±δ (LDC-L4ST) impregnated anodes, the electrochemical oxidation rates of H2 and CH4 were significantly improved when H2S (0.5%) was present in the feeds as evidenced by the substantially decreased polarization resistance and the improved

  6. Cr对CoFeNiAl0.6Ti0.4的合金化行为与组织的影响%Effect of Cr on the Alloying Behavior and Microstructure of CoFeNiAl0.6Ti0.4

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    付志强; 陈维平; 方思聪

    2014-01-01

    采用“机械合金化+SPS烧结”制备了CoFeNiAl0.6Ti0.4和CrCoFeNiAl0.6Ti0.4块体高熵合金,研究元素Cr对CoFeNiAl0.6Ti0.4高熵合金的合金化行为和组织的影响.结果表明:Cr元素并不影响CoFeNiAl0.6Ti0.4高熵合金的合金化顺序,而影响完全合金化后的晶体结构,使CoFeNiAl0.6Ti0.4高熵合金原本单一的fcc结构转变为fcc+bcc结构.SPS烧结后,CoFeNiAl0.6Ti0.4高熵合金主要为fcc+bcc主相+微量bcc白相,而Cr元素的添加促使合金转变成fcc主相+微量bcc白相.同时,合金元素Cr的加入,使CoFeNiAl0.6Ti0.4高熵合金中的微量白相,由原本富A1和Fe元素转变为富A1和Ti元素;且Cr元素不影响CoFeNiAl0.6Ti0.4高熵合金中fcc结构的纳米孪晶组织的形成.

  7. Nitrogen hydrides in interstellar gas II. Analysis of Herschel/HIFI observations towards W49N and G10.6-0.4 (W31C)

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    Persson, C M; Mookerjea, B; Olofsson, A O H; Black, J H; Gerin, M; Herbst, E; Bell, T A; Coutens, A; Godard, B; Goicoechea, J R; Hassel, G E; Hily-Blant, P; Menten, K M; Muller, H S P; Pearson, J C; Yu, S; 10.1051/0004-6361/201118686

    2012-01-01

    We have used the Herschel-HIFI instrument to observe interstellar nitrogen hydrides along the sight-lines towards W49N and G10.6-0.4 in order to elucidate the production pathways leading to nitrogen-bearing species in diffuse gas. All detections show absorption by foreground material over a wide range of velocities, as well as absorption associated directly with the hot-core source itself. As in the previously published observations towards G10.6-0.4, the NH, NH2 and NH3 spectra towards W49N show strikingly similar and non-saturated absorption features. We decompose the absorption of the foreground material towards W49N into different velocity components in order to investigate whether the relative abundances vary among the velocity components, and, in addition, we re-analyse the absorption lines towards G10.6-0.4 in the same manner. Abundances, with respect to molecular hydrogen, in each velocity component are estimated using CH. The analysis points to a co-existence of the nitrogen hydrides in diffuse or tr...

  8. Strong absorption by interstellar hydrogen fluoride: Herschel/HIFI observations of the sight-line to G10.6-0.4 (W31C)

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    Neufeld, D A; Phillips, T G; Lis, D C; De Luca, M; Goicoechea, J R; Black, J H; Gerin, M; Bell, T; Boulanger, F; Cernicharo, J; Coutens, A; Dartois, E; Kazmierczak, M; Encrenaz, P; Falgarone, E; Geballe, T R; Giesen, T; Godard, B; Goldsmith, P F; Gry, C; Gupta, H; Hennebelle, P; Herbst, E; Hily-Blant, P; Joblin, C; Kolos, R; Krelowski, J; Martin-Pintado, J; Menten, K M; Monje, R; Mookerjea, B; Pearson, J; Perault, M; Persson, C; Plume, R; Salez, M; Schlemmer, S; Schmidt, M; Stutzki, J; Teyssier, D; Vastel, C; Yu, S; Cais, P; Caux, E; Liseau, R; Morris, P; Planesas, P

    2010-01-01

    We report the detection of strong absorption by interstellar hydrogen fluoride along the sight-line to the submillimeter continuum source G10.6-0.4 (W31C). We have used Herschel's HIFI instrument, in dual beam switch mode, to observe the 1232.4763 GHz J=1-0 HF transition in the upper sideband of the Band 5a receiver. The resultant spectrum shows weak HF emission from G10.6-0.4 at LSR velocities in the range -10 to -3 km/s, accompanied by strong absorption by foreground material at LSR velocities in the range 15 to 50 km/s. The spectrum is similar to that of the 1113.3430 GHz 1(11)-0(00) transition of para-water, although at some frequencies the HF (hydrogen fluoride) optical depth clearly exceeds that of para-H2O. The optically-thick HF absorption that we have observed places a conservative lower limit of 1.6E+14 cm-2 on the HF column density along the sight-line to G10.6-0.4. Our lower limit on the HF abundance, 6E-6 relative to hydrogen nuclei, implies that hydrogen fluoride accounts for between ~ 30 and 10...

  9. Effects of Sm addition on microstructural evolution of Mg-6Zn-0.4Zr alloy during semi-solid isothermal heat treatment

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    Yu Zhang

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The application of segmental semi-solid thixoforming of magnesium alloys is confined due to the dimensional distinction existing in solid particles of the alloy billet from edge to center zones. In the present study, the effects of Sm addition on the microstructural evolution of Mg-6Zn-0.4Zr and Mg-6Zn-4Sm-0.4Zr alloys by semi-solid isothermal heat treatment were investigated, to obtain optimum semi-solid microstructures for the subsequently thixoforming. The results indicate that the grains of the Sm-bearing alloy are evidently refined and gradually evolve from dendritic to globular and elliptic particles. In addition, the distinctly dimensional effect of the Mg-6Zn-0.4Zr alloy is eliminated with 4% Sm addition; the particle sizes in all zones from center to the edge of the billet are almost identical. With the increment of isothermal heat treatment temperature, the dendritic microstructures completely disappear, and meanwhile, the irregular and globular particles gradually form. The size, morphology and the distribution of solid particles mainly depend on the formation and permeation of the liquid phase in the process of isothermal heat treatment. As the isothermal temperature increases from 570 °C to 610 °C, the average size and shape factor of solid particles of both the alloys with and without Sm addition gradually decrease while the liquid fraction gradually increases.

  10. Improved multiferroic properties of La-doped 0.6BiFeO3-0.4SrTiO3 solid solution ceramics

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    Ma Zheng-Zheng; Li Jian-Qing; Tian Zhao-Ming; Qiu Yang; Yuan Song-Liu

    2012-01-01

    The 0.6(Bi1-xLax)FeO3-0.4SrTiO3 (x =0,0.1) multiferroic ceramics are prepared by a modified Pechini method to study the effect of substitution of SrTiO3 and La in BiFeO3.The X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the single phase characteristics of all the compositions each with a rhombohedral structure. The magnetic properties of the ceramics are significantly improved by a solid solution with SrTiO3 and substitution of La.The values of the dielectric constant εr and loss tangent tan δ of all the samples decrease with increasing frequency and become constant at room temperature.The La-doped 0.6BiFeO3-0.4SrTiO3 ceramics exhibit improved dielectric and ferroelectric properties,with higher dielectric constant enhanced remnant polarization (Pr) and lower leakage current at room temperature.Compared with a anti-ferromagnetic BiFeO3 compound,the 0.6(Bi0.9La0.1)FeO3-0.4SrTiO3 sample shows the optimal ferromagnetism with remnant magnetization Mr ~ 0.135 emμ/g and ferroelectricity with Pr ~ 5.94 μC/cm2 at room temperature.

  11. Effective Group Training for Patients with Unexplained Physical Symptoms: A Randomized Controlled Trial with a Non-Randomized One-Year Follow-Up

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    Zonneveld, Lyonne N. L.; van Rood, Yanda R.; Timman, Reinier; Kooiman, Cornelis G.; van't Spijker, Adriaan; Busschbach, Jan J. V.

    2012-01-01

    Background Although cognitive-behavioral therapy for Unexplained Physical Symptoms (UPS) is effective in secondary care, studies done in primary care produced implementation problems and conflicting results. We evaluated the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral group training tailored to primary care patients and provided by a secondary community mental-health service reaching out into primary care. Methodology/Principal Findings The effectiveness of this training was explored in a randomized controlled trial. In this trial, 162 patients with UPS classified as undifferentiated somatoform disorder or as chronic pain disorder were randomized either to the training or a waiting list. Both lasted 13 weeks. The preservation of the training's effect was analyzed in non-randomized follow-ups, for which the waiting group started the training after the waiting period. All patients attended the training were followed-up after three months and again after one year. The primary outcomes were the physical and the mental summary scales of the SF-36. Secondary outcomes were the other SF-36-scales and the SCL-90-R. The courses of the training's effects in the randomized controlled trial and the follow-ups were analyzed with linear mixed modeling. In the randomized controlled trial, the training had a significantly positive effect on the quality of life in the physical domain (Cohen's d = 0.38;p = .002), but this overall effect was not found in the mental domain. Regarding the secondary outcomes, the training resulted in reporting an improved physical (Cohen's d = 0.43;p = 0.01), emotional (Cohen's d = 0.44;p = .0.01), and social (Cohen's d = 0.36;p = 0.01) functioning, less pain and better functioning despite pain (Cohen's d = 0.51;p =  PMID:22880056

  12. Effective group training for patients with unexplained physical symptoms: a randomized controlled trial with a non-randomized one-year follow-up.

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    Lyonne N L Zonneveld

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Although cognitive-behavioral therapy for Unexplained Physical Symptoms (UPS is effective in secondary care, studies done in primary care produced implementation problems and conflicting results. We evaluated the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral group training tailored to primary care patients and provided by a secondary community mental-health service reaching out into primary care. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The effectiveness of this training was explored in a randomized controlled trial. In this trial, 162 patients with UPS classified as undifferentiated somatoform disorder or as chronic pain disorder were randomized either to the training or a waiting list. Both lasted 13 weeks. The preservation of the training's effect was analyzed in non-randomized follow-ups, for which the waiting group started the training after the waiting period. All patients attended the training were followed-up after three months and again after one year. The primary outcomes were the physical and the mental summary scales of the SF-36. Secondary outcomes were the other SF-36-scales and the SCL-90-R. The courses of the training's effects in the randomized controlled trial and the follow-ups were analyzed with linear mixed modeling. In the randomized controlled trial, the training had a significantly positive effect on the quality of life in the physical domain (Cohen's d = 0.38;p = .002, but this overall effect was not found in the mental domain. Regarding the secondary outcomes, the training resulted in reporting an improved physical (Cohen's d = 0.43;p = 0.01, emotional (Cohen's d = 0.44;p = 0.01, and social (Cohen's d = 0.36;p = 0.01 functioning, less pain and better functioning despite pain (Cohen's d = 0.51;p =

  13. Predicting the outcome of a cognitive-behavioral group training for patients with unexplained physical symptoms: a one-year follow-up study

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    Zonneveld Lyonne NL

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT is effective for Unexplained Physical Symptoms (UPS, some therapists in clinical practice seem to believe that CBT outcome will diminish if psychiatric comorbidity is present. The result is that patients with a psychiatric comorbidity are redirected from treatment for UPS into treatment for mental health problems. To explore whether this selection and allocation are appropriate, we explored whether CBT outcomes in UPS could be predicted by variables assessed at baseline and used in routine-practice assessments. Methods Patients (n=162 with UPS classified as undifferentiated somatoform disorder or chronic pain disorder were followed up until one year after they had attended a CBT group training. The time-points of the follow-up were at the end of CBT (immediate outcome, three months after CBT (short-term outcome, and one year after CBT (long-term outcome. CBT outcome was measured using the Physical Component Summary of the SF-36, which was the primary outcome measure in the randomized controlled trial that studied effectiveness of the CBT group training. Predictors were: 1. psychological symptoms (global severity score of SCL-90, 2. personality-disorder characteristics (sum of DSM-IV axis II criteria confirmed, 3. psychiatric history (past presence of DSM-IV axis I disorders, and 4. health-related quality of life in the mental domain (mental component summary of SF-36. The effect of this predictor set was explored using hierarchical multiple regression analyses into which these predictors had been entered simultaneously, after control for: a. pretreatment primary outcome scores, b. age, c. gender, d. marital status, and e. employment. Results The predictor set was significant only for short-term CBT outcome, where it explained 15% of the variance. A better outcome was predicted by more psychological symptoms, fewer personality-disorder characteristics, the presence of a psychiatric

  14. [Protective special shoes for diabetics. Personal experience with a group of high risk diabetics during a 2 and 1/2 year period].

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    Záhumenský, E; Adamíková, A

    1993-09-01

    A group of 60 type II diabetics with the risk of development of ulceration of the feet was provided with protective specialized footwear. In the course of 2.5 years in 45 patients who could be evaluated the frequency of relapses of previous ulcerations, the development of first ulcerations and the effect on indicators of immediate high risk of a defect (formation of decubital ulcers, blisters) was investigated, as well as the general biomechanical comfort. In 10 patients with relapsing defects relapses developed twice (20%), no primary ulceration developed. As compared with common footwear, the protective footwear had a favourable effect on the formation of sores and blisters 25 patients (55.5%/ 45/100%) reported improvement of the general comfort when walking. 28 (62.2%) patients make use of the favourable experience with the specialized footwear when selecting shoes or when modifiying standard footwear. A surprising finding was delayed fatigue when walking reported by 35 (77.8%) patients, mitigation of dysaesthesias by 23 (51%), pain in the joints by 14 (31.1%), improved stability by 35 (77.8%) of the patients. With regard of the improvement of some subjective complaints the use of protective footwear can be considered a symptomatic-therapeutic element. According to clinical results specialized footwear has a favourable and protective effect on already damaged feet with a reduced tolerance for combined (mechanical, ischaemic, neurotrophic, infectious) insults. Consistent with data of authors from abroad after a 2-5-year follow-up there was a cca 50% reduction in the number of relapses of ulcerations and amputations as compared with common not modified footwear.

  15. Results of the Scandinavian Sarcoma Group XIV protocol for classical osteosarcoma: 63 patients with a minimum follow-up of 4 years.

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    Smeland, Sigbjørn; Bruland, Oyvind S; Hjorth, Lars; Brosjö, Otte; Bjerkehagen, Bodil; Osterlundh, Gustaf; Jakobson, Ake; Hall, Kirsten Sundby; Monge, Odd R; Björk, Olle; Alvegaard, Thor A

    2011-04-01

    The Scandinavian Sarcoma Group (SSG) XIV protocol is based on experience from previous SSG trials and other osteosarcoma intergroup trials, and has been considered the best standard of care for patients with extremity localized, non-metastatic osteosarcoma. We analyzed the outcome in 63 consecutive patients. Patients and methods From 2001 through 2005, 63 patients recruited from centers in Sweden, Norway, and Finland were included. They received preoperative chemotherapy consisting of 2 cycles of paired methotrexate (12 g/m²), cisplatin (90 mg/m²), and doxorubicin (75 mg/m²). 3 cycles were administered postoperatively, and poor histological responders were given 3 additional cycles of ifosfamide (10-12 g/m²) as a salvage strategy. With a median follow-up of 77 months for survivors, the estimated metastasis-free and sarcoma-related survival at 5 years was 70% and 76%, respectively. 53 patients were treated with limb salvage surgery or rotationplasty and 2 patients experienced a local recurrence. 3 toxic deaths were recorded, all related to acute toxicity from chemotherapy. The 5-year metastasis-free survival of poor histological responders receiving add-on treatment with ifosfamide was 47%, as compared to 89% for good histological responders. Outcome from the SSG XIV protocol compares favorably with the results of previous SSG trials and other published osteosarcoma trials. However, salvage therapy given to poor responders did not improve outcome to a similar degree as for good responders. In a multi-institutional setting, more than four-fifths of the patients were operated with limb salvage surgery or rotationplasty, with few local recurrences.

  16. [Artificial nutrition in the home. 1995 yearly report. NADYA-SENPE Group (Natiional Registry of Patient-Spanish Society for Parnteral and Enterlal Nutrition].

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    Gómez Candela, C; de Cos, A I; Iglesias, C; Carbonell, M D; Camarero, E; Celador, A; Celaya, S; Chamorro, J; Cortezón, A; Ferrón, F; García Luna, P P; Gil Canalda, I; Gómez Enterría, P; González Huix, F; León, M; Martí Bomarti, E; Ordóñez, J; Pavón, P; Pereira, J L; Pérez de la Cruz, A; Segura, M; Vázquez, C

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    By means of a simplified questionnaire, the NADYA group has gathered and analyzed data with regard to the age, sex, diagnosis, access route, duration, form of administration, complications, and quality of life, in 812 patients (62% male; 37% female) with At Home Enteral Nutrition (AHEN), and 19 patients (42% male; 57% female) with At Home Parenteral Nutrition (AHPN) corresponding the National Registry of 1995. The most frequent indication of AHEN was a neoplasm (41%), followed by neurological alterations (33%). The most common access route is the NGT (37%) followed by oral administration in 37%, PEG in 13% and surgical ostomics in 8%. The mean treatment time is 8 months. The index of complications/patient-year is 0.50 (gasterointestinal 0.17, and mechanical alterations 0.9). At the end of the study, 63% of the patients continued to receive AHEN, showing a mortality rate of 70%. The majority of the patients undergoing treatment presented a sever social disability (20%) or were bed ridden (18%). The most common indications for the AHPN are: radical enteritis (26%), Crohn's disease (21%), and mesenteric ischemia (16%). AIDS, motility alterations, and neoplasic diseases are scantly represented (10%). Tunneled catheters are used in 58% of the cases, and Port-a-Cath in 31%). The mean duration for the treatment was 7.9 months. An index of 0.47 hospitalization/patient-year was seen in relation to the nutritional treatment (mainly due to catheter septicemia). A mortality of 16% is noted, and 21% show a recovery of the oral route. 42% of the patients did not present an assessable social disability.

  17. Ag doped (Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2CaCu2O8+δ textured rods

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    Díez, J. C.

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, superconducting samples of (Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2CaCu2O8+δ with Ag additions have been studied. (Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2CaCu2O8+δ + x wt.% Ag (with x = 0, 1 and 3 powders were synthesized using a sol-gel method. The obtained powders were used as precursors to fabricate long textured cylindrical bars through a floating zone melting method. A drastic change on the microstructure has been found when comparing with undoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ samples. The results showed that electrical resistivity at room temperature, critical current as well as flexural strength are improved when Ag is added to these Pb doped samples, while critical temperature does not change. On the other hand, it has been found that samples with composition (Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2CaCu2O8+δ + Ag shown E-I curves with very high sharpness values on the zone of the superconducting to normal transition, reaching n-values (E∼In as high as 45 at 65K.Se han preparado polvos cerámicos de composición (Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2CaCu2O8+δ + x % Ag en peso (con x = 0, 1 y 3 mediante un proceso sol-gel. Estos polvos se han utilizado para fabricar precursores que se texturaron por medio del método de fusión zonal flotante. Se ha encontrado un gran cambio en la microestructura cuando se compara con muestras de composición pura Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ. Tanto la resistividad eléctrica a temperatura ambiente, como la corriente crítica, así como la resistencia a flexión se mejoran cuando la Ag se adiciona a estas muestras dopadas con Pb, mientras que no se observa cambio en la temperatura crítica. Por otra parte, se ha encontrado que las muestras de composición (Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2CaCu2O8+δ + Ag presentan una gran pendiente de la curva E-I en la zona de transición entre el estado superconductor y el estado normal. Con estas composiciones, se han encontrado valores de n (E∼In de hasta 45 a 65K.

  18. Nucleation and growth kinetics of La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.4Mn0.6O3-δ SOFC perovskite: Symmetry alteration evolution induced by Cu2+ and Ni2+ impregnation

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    Full Text Available La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.4Mn0.6O3-δ perovskite nanoparticles have been synthetized using an ethylene glycol modified sol-gel method and impregnated by Cu0.75Ni0.25 nanoparticles. The phase transitions and nucleation kinetics were studied by time resolved x-ray diffraction, Rietveld, Raman spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Findings have shown that, an atomic disorder dominates from room temperature to 400 °C. Nanoparticles with crystal size <26 nm start through nuclei formation of La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.4Mn0.6O3-δ and SrCrO4 solid solutions with Pm3¯m cubic and P21/n monoclinic symmetry respectively in the range of 600–650 °C. Symmetry reduction from the Pm3¯m⟶R3¯c space group had been obtained at a lower temperature (750 °C than those reported in the literature in oxygen atmosphere and it was confirmed by an octahedral distortion, which takes place in the crystallographic direction[22̅1]/(12̅2. The Johnson-Mehl-Avrami model had described the whole process, where the existence of two phases was shown before it reached its complete D3d6 point group symmetry.

  19. The Moving Group Targets of the Seeds High-Contrast Imaging Survey of Exoplanets and Disks: Results and Observations from the First Three Years

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    Brandt, Timothy D.; Kuzuhara, Masayuki; McElwain, Michael W.; Schlieder, Joshua E.; Wisniewski, John P.; Turner, Edwin L.; Carson, J.; Matsuo, T.; Biller, B.; Bonnefoy, M.; Dressing, C.; Janson, M.; Knapp, G. R.; Moro-Martin, A.; Thalmann, C.; Kudo, T.; Kusakabe, N.; Hashimoto, J.; Abe, L.; Brandner, W.; Currie, T.; Egner, S.; Feldt, M.; Golota, T.; Goto, M.; Brady, C. A.; Guyon, O.; Hayano, Y.; Hyashi, M.; Hayashi, S.; Henning, T.; Hodapp, W.; Ishi, M.; Iye, M.; Kandori, R.

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    We present results from the first three years of observations of moving group (MG) targets in the Strategic Exploration of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru (SEEDS) high-contrast imaging survey of exoplanets and disks using the Subaru telescope. We achieve typical contrasts of (is) approximately10(exp 5) at 1" and (is) approximately 10(exp 6) beyond 2" around 63 proposed members of nearby kinematic MGs. We review each of the kinematic associations to which our targets belong, concluding that five, beta Pictoris ((is) approximately 20 Myr), AB Doradus ((is) approximately 100 Myr), Columba ((is) approximately 30 Myr), Tucana-Horogium ((is) approximately 30 Myr), and TW Hydrae ((is) approximately 10 Myr), are sufficiently well-defined to constrain the ages of individual targets. Somewhat less than half of our targets are high-probability members of one of these MGs. For all of our targets, we combine proposed MG membership with other age indicators where available, including Ca ii HK emission, X-ray activity, and rotation period, to produce a posterior probability distribution of age. SEEDS observations discovered a substellar companion to one of our targets, kappa And, a late B star. We do not detect any other substellar companions, but do find seven new close binary systems, of which one still needs to be confirmed. A detailed analysis of the statistics of this sample, and of the companion mass constraints given our age probability distributions and exoplanet cooling models, will be presented in a forthcoming paper.

  20. Clinical Observation on Hydroxyethyl Starches 130/0.4 and Furosemide Treating for Severity Edema Patients in ICU%羟乙基淀粉氯化钠130/0.4联合呋塞米治疗ICU严重水肿的疗效观察

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    叶桂山; 钟荣; 黄巍

    2014-01-01

    Objective To observe the edema variation in patients in ICU with severity edema treated with hydroxyethyl starches130/0.4(HES 130/0.4)/furosemide. Methods Forty four patients in ICU with severity edema in the Af iliated Hospital of Guilin medical col ege were enrol ed, and they were treated with isotonic Na chloride/furosemide and HES 130/0.4)/furosemide sequencely. A self-control study was conducted. Results The urinary volume,urinary sodium and urinary potassium of patients during HES 130/0.4/furosemide infusion were more than those of patients during isotonic Na chloride/furosemide infusion, especial y urinary volume and urinary potassium (P<0.05). Conclusion It was ef ective that treating patients in ICU with severity edema with HES 130/0.4/furosemide, while electrolyte disturbances need to be monitored and prevented.%目的:观察羟乙基淀粉氯化钠130/0.4联合呋塞米对ICU严重水肿患者的利尿作用。方法采取自身对照的方法对2011年1月~2012年12月在桂林医学院附属医院ICU住院治疗的54例伴全身严重水肿的危重患者先后给予生理盐水联合呋塞米、羟乙基淀粉氯化钠130/0.4联合呋塞米进行利尿治疗,观察比较两种利尿方法的效果。结果患者使用羟乙基淀粉氯化钠130/0.4联合呋塞米时的24h尿量、尿钠及尿钾多于生理盐水联合呋塞米时,24h尿量及尿钾尤为显著(P<0.05)。结论羟乙基淀粉氯化钠130/0.4联合呋塞米能快速、有效的治疗ICU严重水肿患者,但需及时监测和防止电解质紊乱。

  1. Surface second-harmonic generation in Sr0.6Ba0.4NbO3 with a nonlinear diffusion mechanism

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    Zhang, T. H.; Yang, J.; Kang, H. Z.; Feng, L.; Xu, J. J.; Zhang, C. P.; Ren, X. K.; Wang, B. H.; Lu, Y. Z.; Jia, F.; Shao, W. W.

    2006-04-01

    Surface second-harmonic generation excited by photorefractive surface electromagnetic wave with a diffusion mechanism of nonlinearity has been observed at the surface of the negative c axis of a Sr0.6Ba0.4NbO3 (SBN:60) experimentally. The second-harmonic 532nm wavelength light is generated by 1064nm laser in a passive guiding manner in the experiment, for the wavelength of the fundamental beam is insensitive to the SBN crystal. The transfer efficiency of surface second-harmonic generation is 1%/W.

  2. Conductivity and dielectric studies on (Na0.4Ag0.6)2PbP2O7 compound

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    Haibado Mahamoud; B Louati; F Hlel; K Guidara

    2011-08-01

    Electrical properties of the (Na0.4Ag0.6)2PbP2O7 compound were studied using complex impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range 200 Hz–5 MHz and temperature range (484–593 K). Combined impedance and modulus plots were used to analyse the sample behaviour as a function of frequency at different temperatures. Temperature dependence of d.c. and a.c. conductivity indicates that electrical conduction in the material is a thermally activated process. The frequency dependence of the a.c. conduction activation energy was found to obey a mathematical formula.

  3. EFFECT OF THICKNESS ON MICROSTRUCTURE, DIELECTRIC AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF SINGLE LAYER Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 THIN FILM

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    VELUCHAMY ESWARAMOORTHI; RAYAR VICTOR WILLIAMS

    2014-01-01

    Single layered Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST) thin films were prepared on stainless steel (304) and quartz substrates by solution method. The microstructure, grain size, surface morphology and thickness of the films were reported on the basis of X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and UV-visible spectrometer. Variation in thickness influences the microstructure of the films. The single layered thin film had uniform crack-free surfa...

  4. Gd0.6Sr0.4Fe0.8Co0.2O3-δ: A novel type of SOFC cathode

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    Kammer Hansen, Kent; Søgaard, Martin; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2007-01-01

    The fabrication and electrochemical activity of a type of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode is described in this paper. In search of new cathodes a Gd0.6Sr0.4Fe0.8Co0.2O3-delta compound was synthesized using the glycine-nitrate method. It turned out that this was a two-phase compound consisting......, indicating that the unique microstructure of this type of cathode is essential for achieving high electrochemical activity toward the reduction of oxygen in a SOFC....

  5. Significant enhancement in energy density of polymer composites induced by dopamine-modified Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 nanofibers

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    Song, Yu; Shen, Yang; Hu, Penghao; Lin, Yuanhua; Li, Ming; Nan, C. W.

    2012-10-01

    Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST) nanofibers prepared via electrospinning and modified by dopamine are used as dielectric fillers in polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-based composites. With 4.4 vol. % of BST nanofibers, the extractable energy density of the BST/PVDF composites is more than doubled as compared with pure PVDF matrix. Such significant enhancement is attributed to the combined effect of both surface modification by dopamine and large aspect ratio of the BST nanofibers. Paraelectric or anti-ferroelectric fillers of large aspect ratio may serve as a general strategy for enhanced electric energy density in polymer composites.

  6. Precipitates and Particles Coarsening of 9Cr?1.7W?0.4Mo?Co Ferritic Heat-Resistant Steel after Isothermal Aging

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    Gao, Qiuzhi; Zhang, Yanan; Zhang, Hailian; Li, HuiJun; Qu, Fu; Han, Jian; Lu, Cheng; Wu, Bintao; Lu, Yao; Ma, Yan

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    The precipitates obtained by EPE technology from the 9Cr-1.7W-0.4Mo-Co ferritic heat-resistant steel subject to isothermal aging were investigated using SEM, TEM and XRD. The particle size distribution and the coarsening kinetics of M23C6 with duration of isothermal aging were also analyzed with or without consideration of Laves phase. The results show that the isolated dislocations were detected in delta ferrite interior, and the precipitates on delta ferrite and martensite boundaries are ob...

  7. EFFECT OF THICKNESS ON MICROSTRUCTURE, DIELECTRIC AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF SINGLE LAYER Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 THIN FILM

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    VELUCHAMY ESWARAMOORTHI; RAYAR VICTOR WILLIAMS

    2014-01-01

    Single layered Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST) thin films were prepared on stainless steel (304) and quartz substrates by solution method. The microstructure, grain size, surface morphology and thickness of the films were reported on the basis of X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and UV-visible spectrometer. Variation in thickness influences the microstructure of the films. The single layered thin film had uniform crack-free surfa...

  8. Hall effect in La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} thin films

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    Granada, M. E-mail: granadam@cab.cnea.gov.ar; Maiorov, B.; Sirena, M.; Steren, L.B.; Guimpel, J

    2004-05-01

    We studied the temperature and thickness dependence of the transport properties of La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} films. Hall voltage and magnetoresistance measurements on 10 and 150 nm thick films were performed with this purpose. From the ordinary Hall component, we calculated the density of carriers, which has hole-character and is systematically lower than that expected from the chemical composition of the manganite in both samples. Localization effects observed at low temperature in the resistivity of the thinner film, associated with the substrate-induced disorder, are correlated with a decrease of the density of carriers.

  9. Substrate influence on the magnetoresistance and magnetic order in La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} films

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    Steren, L.B. E-mail: steren@cab.cnea.gov.ar; Sirena, M.; Guimpel, J

    2000-03-01

    We report structural, magnetic and transport measurements on La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} thin films grown on MgO and TiSrO{sub 3} substrates with thickness varying from 5 to 500 nm. We find that the lattice mismatch between substrates and films affects the morphology and induced-strains of the films. We show that these two different effects strongly influence the ferromagnetic order, the metal-insulator transition, the localization of the current carriers and the magnetoresistance of these materials.

  10. Poly[[diaquabis[μ-2-(4-fluorophenoxyacetato-κ2O1:O1′]magnesium] 0.4-hydrate

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, {[Mg(C8H6FO32(H2O2]·0.4H2O}n, slightly distorted octahedral MgO6 complex units have crystallographic inversion symmetry, the coordination polyhedron comprising two trans-related water molecules and four carboxyl O-atom donors, two of which are bridging. Within the two-dimensional complex polymer which is parallel to (100, coordinating water molecules form intermolecular O—H...O hydrogen bonds with carboxylate and phenoxy O-atom acceptors, as well as with the partial-occupancy solvent water molecules.

  11. Repeatability of Brain Volume Measurements Made with the Atlas-based Method from T1-weighted Images Acquired Using a 0.4 Tesla Low Field MR Scanner.

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    Goto, Masami; Suzuki, Makoto; Mizukami, Shinya; Abe, Osamu; Aoki, Shigeki; Miyati, Tosiaki; Fukuda, Michinari; Gomi, Tsutomu; Takeda, Tohoru

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    An understanding of the repeatability of measured results is important for both the atlas-based and voxel-based morphometry (VBM) methods of magnetic resonance (MR) brain volumetry. However, many recent studies that have investigated the repeatability of brain volume measurements have been performed using static magnetic fields of 1-4 tesla, and no study has used a low-strength static magnetic field. The aim of this study was to investigate the repeatability of measured volumes using the atlas-based method and a low-strength static magnetic field (0.4 tesla). Ten healthy volunteers participated in this study. Using a 0.4 tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner and a quadrature head coil, three-dimensional T1-weighted images (3D-T1WIs) were obtained from each subject, twice on the same day. VBM8 software was used to construct segmented normalized images [gray matter (GM), white matter (WM), and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) images]. The regions-of-interest (ROIs) of GM, WM, CSF, hippocampus (HC), orbital gyrus (OG), and cerebellum posterior lobe (CPL) were generated using WFU PickAtlas. The percentage change was defined as[100 × (measured volume with first segmented image - mean volume in each subject)/(mean volume in each subject)]The average percentage change was calculated as the percentage change in the 6 ROIs of the 10 subjects. The mean of the average percentage changes for each ROI was as follows: GM, 0.556%; WM, 0.324%; CSF, 0.573%; HC, 0.645%; OG, 1.74%; and CPL, 0.471%. The average percentage change was higher for the orbital gyrus than for the other ROIs. We consider that repeatability of the atlas-based method is similar between 0.4 and 1.5 tesla MR scanners. To our knowledge, this is the first report to show that the level of repeatability with a 0.4 tesla MR scanner is adequate for the estimation of brain volume change by the atlas-based method.

  12. Oxygen isotope effect on the superconductivity and stripe phase in La$_{1.6-x}$Nd$_{0.4}$Sr$_{x}$CuO$_4$

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    Wang, G. Y.; Zhang, J D; Yang, R. L.; Chen, X. H.

    2007-01-01

    The oxygen isotope effect on the superconductivity, stripe phase and structure transition is systematically investigated in La$_{1.6-x}$Nd$_{0.4}$Sr$_{x}$CuO$_4$ with static stripe phase. Substitution of $^{16}$O by $^{18}$O leads to a decrease in superconducting transition temperature T$_C$, while enhances the temperature of the structural transition from low-temperature-orthorhombic (LTO) phase to low-temperature-tetragonal (LTT) phase. Compared to the Nd free sample, a larger isotope effec...

  13. Coexistence of, and Competition between, Superconductivity and Charge-Stripe Order in La1.6-xNd0.4SrxCuO4

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    Tranquada, J. M.; Axe, J. D.; Ichikawa, N.; Moodenbaugh, A. R.; Nakamura, Y.; Uchida, S.

    1997-01-01

    Previously we have presented evidence for stripe order of holes and spins in La1.6-xNd0.4SrxCuO4 with x = 0.12. Here we show, via neutron diffraction measurements of magnetic scattering, that similar order occurs in crystals with x = 0.15 and 0.20. Zero-field-cooled magnetization measurements show that all three compositions are also superconducting, with the superconducting transition temperature increasing as the low-temperature staggered magnetization decreases. These results directly demonstrate an intimate connection between stripe correlations and superconductivity.

  14. Hard X-ray diffraction study of charge stripe order in La1.48Nd0.4Sr0.12CuO4

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    Zimmermann, M. v.; Vigliante, A.; Niemöller, T.; Ichikawa, N.; Frello, T.; Madsen, J.; Wochner, P.; Uchida, S.; Andersen, N. H.; Tranquada, J. M.; Gibbs, D.; Schneider, J. R.

    1998-03-01

    High-energy photon diffraction is used to investigate the charge ordering previously studied by neutron diffraction in La1.48Nd0.4Sr0.12CuO4. Besides confirming the existence of superlattice peaks due to charge order, the temperature dependence of the peak intensity, width, and position has been determined with improved precision. Furthermore, we show that the scattered intensity has a sinusoidial modulation along c*, consistent with long-range Coulomb interactions between ordered charges within the CuO2 planes.

  15. Measurements of electron-proton elastic cross sections for $0.4 < Q^2 < 5.5 (GeV/c)^2$

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    Christy, M E; Armstrong, C S; Arrington, J; Asaturyan, R; Avery, S; Baker, O K; Beck, D H; Blok, H P; Bochna, C W; Böglin, W; Bosted, P; Bouwhuis, M; Breuer, H; Brown, D S; Brüll, A; Carlini, R D; Chant, N S; Cochran, A; Cole, L; Danagulyan, S; Day, D B; Dunne, J; Dutta, D; Ent, R; Fenker, H C; Fox, B; Gan, L; Gao, H; Garrow, K; Gaskell, D; Gasparian, A; Geesaman, D F; Gueye, P L J; Harvey, M; Holt, R J; Jiang, X; Keppel, C E; Kinney, E; Liang, Y; Lorenzon, W; Lung, A; Markowitz, P; Martin, J W; McIlhany, K; McKee, D; Meekins, D G; Miller, M A; Milner, R G; Mitchell, J H; Mkrtchyan, H G; Müller, B A; Nathan, A; Niculescu, G; Niculescu, I; O'Neill, T G; Papavassiliou, V; Pate, S F; Piercey, R B; Potterveld, D; Ransome, R D; Reinhold, J; Rollinde, E; Roos, P; Sarty, A J; Sawafta, R; Schulte, E C; Segbefia, E; Smith, C; Stepanyan, S; Strauch, S; Tadevosyan, V; Tang, L; Tieulent, R; Uzzle, A; Vulcan, W F; Wood, S A; Xiong, F; Yuan, L; Zeier, M; Zihlmann, B; Ziskin, V

    2004-01-01

    We report on precision measurements of the elastic cross section for electron-proton scattering performed in Hall C at Jefferson Lab. The measurements were made at 28 unique kinematic settings covering a range in momentum transfer of 0.4 $<$ $Q^2$ $<$ 5.5 $(\\rm GeV/c)^2$. These measurements represent a significant contribution to the world's cross section data set in the $Q^2$ range where a large discrepancy currently exists between the ratio of electric to magnetic proton form factors extracted from previous cross section measurements and that recently measured via polarization transfer in Hall A at Jefferson Lab.

  16. Doping La into the depletion layer of the Cd(0.6)Zn(0.4)S photocatalyst for efficient H(2) evolution.

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    Yu, Yao-Guang; Chen, Gang; Hao, Lin-Xing; Zhou, Yan-Song; Wang, Yu; Pei, Jian; Sun, Jing-Xue; Han, Zhong-Hui

    2013-10-01

    We report a novel strategy for the enhancement of photocatalytic H2 evolution by doping La into the depletion layer of Cd0.6Zn0.4S (CZS: x% La). The apparent quantum yield of the CZS: 2% La photocatalyst at 350 nm is up to 93.3%, which is extremely high for solar water splitting even compared with the noble metal cocatalyst systems. This work may contribute to the design and construction of materials with outstanding capability for charge separation and hence improve the properties of the materials for various applications.

  17. Structure and substructure analysis of DAFT/FADA galaxy clusters in the [0.4–0.9] redshift range

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    Guennou, L.; et al.

    2014-01-17

    Context. The DAFT/FADA survey is based on the study of ~90 rich(masses found in the literature >2 x 10^14 M_⊙)and moderately distant clusters (redshifts 0.4 < z < 0.9), all withHST imaging data available. This survey has two main objectives: to constrain dark energy(DE) using weak lensing tomography on galaxy clusters and to build a database (deepmulti-band imaging allowing photometric redshift estimates, spectroscopic data, X-raydata) of rich distant clusters to study their properties.

  18. High-temperature large diamagnetism in ball-milled Sr0.6Ca0.4CuO2

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    Hernando, A.; Herrero, E.; Vázquez, M.; Alonso, J.; González, A.; Rivero, G.; Rojo, J. M.; Vallet-Regi, M.; González Calbet, J.

    1997-10-01

    The observation of a large effective diamagnetic susceptibility of -3.4×10-6 emu g-1 Oe-1 up to temperatures above 1000 K in highly deformed ball-milled Sr0.6Ca0.4CuO2 is reported. These samples do not exhibit superconductivity at low temperature. This anomalously strong diamagnetism increases with milling time and reaches a maximum value after 500 h of milling. A model is proposed in which excess holes, introduced during milling, have wave functions that are extended over the CuO2 planes of the crystallites, resulting in large values of the diamagnetic susceptibility.

  19. Absorbed Dose Distributions in Small Copper Wire Insulation due to Multiple-Sided Irradiations by 0.4 MeV Electrons

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    Miller, Arne; McLaughlin, W. L.; Pedersen, Walther Batsberg

    1979-01-01

    When scanned electron beams are used to crosslink polymeric insulation of wire and cable, an important goal is to achieve optimum uniformity of absorbed dose distributions. Accurate measurements of dose distributions in a plastic dosimeter simulating a typical insulating material (polyethylene....... and insulation thicknesses between 0.4 and 0.8 mm. The plastic dosimeter simulating polyethylene insulations was a thin radiochromic polyvinyl butyral film wrapped several times around the copper wire, such that when unwrapped and analyzed optically on a scanning microspectrophotometer, high-resolution radial...

  20. In situ high temperature neutron powder diffraction study of La{sub 2}Ni{sub 0.6}Cu{sub 0.4}O{sub 4+{delta}} in air: Correlation with the electrical behaviour

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    Aguadero, A.; Escudero, M.J. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas Mediambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Alonso, J.A. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Fernandez-Diaz, M.T. [Institute Laue-Langevin (ILL) 156X, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Daza, L. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas Mediambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (CSIC), Marie-Curie 2, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2007-06-10

    The knowledge of the thermal evolution of the crystal structure of a cathode material across the usual working conditions in solid oxide fuel cells is essential to understand not only its transport properties but also its chemical and mechanical stability in the working environment. In this regard, high-resolution neutron powder diffraction (NPD) measurements have been performed in air from 25 to 900 C on O{sub 2}-treated (350 C/200 bar) La{sub 2}Ni{sub 0.6}Cu{sub 0.4}O{sub 4+{delta}}. The crystal structure was Rietveld-refined in the tetragonal F4/mmm space group along all the temperature range. The structural data have been correlated with the transport properties of this layered perovskite. The electrical conductivity of O{sub 2}-treated La{sub 2}Ni{sub 0.6}Cu{sub 0.4}O{sub 4+{delta}} exhibits a metal (high T)-to-semiconductor (low T) transition as a function of temperature, displaying a maximum value of 110 S cm{sup -1} at around 450 C. The largest conductivity corresponds, microscopically, to the shortest axial Ni-O2 distance (2.29(1) Aa), revealing a major anisotropic component for the electronic transport. We have also performed a durability test at 750 C for 560 h obtaining a very stable value for the electrical conductivity of 87 S cm{sup -1}. The thermal expansion coefficient was 12.8 x 10{sup -6} K{sup -1} very close to that of the usual SOFC electrolytes. These results exhibit La{sub 2}Ni{sub 0.6}Cu{sub 0.4}O{sub 4+{delta}} as a possible alternative cathode for IT-SOFC. (author)

  1. PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST IN RELATION TO ABDOMINAL OBESITY IN ADULT MALES IN AGE GROUP OF 18 - 21 YEARS IN AND AROUND RAICHUR CITY

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    Mohammed

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Impaired respiratory function is associated with morbidity and mortality. Poor respiratory function predicts overall mortality , as well as death due to cancer , pulmonary disease , cardiovascular disease and stroke. Obesity is also associated with morbidity and mortality. It is global health hazard and has been linked to numerous metabolic complications such as dyslipidemia , type II diabetes and cardio vascular diseases and is negatively associated to the pulm onary function. The mechanism for this association is still debated and the best marker of adiposity in relation to dynamic pulmonary function is still not clear. Therefore the purpose of the study is to determine pulmonary test in relation to abdominal ob esity in adult males. Aims and OBJECTIVE: To determine the predictability of Body mass index (BMI , Waist - hip ratio (WHR , and Body fat percentage for pulmonary functions in adult males with and without excess body weight. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Study consists of 100 males in age group of 18 - 21 years with body mass index (BMI 18 . 5 to 29 . 9 kg/m2 , physically healthy , without any symptoms. Their height , weight , body mass index (BMI and waist to hip ratio (WHR were measured The percentage of body fat w as estimated by measuring skin fold thickness at four sites (4SFT - biceps , triceps , subscapular and suprailiac with the help of Harpenden’s calliper. The pulmonary functions were assessed using Power lab 8/30 series with dual bio Amp/stimulator , manufactur ed by AD instruments , Australia. All data was presented as a mean ± SD for each of the parameter. The two groups were compared by applying unpaired ‘t’ test and P value of less than 0 . 05 was considered as significant. Correlation of ventilatory lung functi on tests with body fat percentage was done by using Pearson’s correlation coefficient test . RESULTS: body fat % showed negative correlation with expiratory reserve volume (ERV , forced vital

  2. Accelaration of Jamkesda (Regional Health Security Participation and Jamkesda Member Visit based on Age Group Phenomenon in Nganjuk Regency PHC, Year 2012

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    Mugeni Sugiharto

    2015-03-01

    ABSTRACTBackground:Introduction: Jamkesda is pro- poor government policy to fulfill their health care right base on mandate of law. Departemen of Health in Nganjuk Regency run socialization by involving all local power Hence, in 2012 Jamkesda participation would reach highest in East Java. Purpose:This resaerch aimed to identify Jamkesda participation acceleration and Jamkesda member visit based on age group phenomenon in Nganjuk Regency year 2012. Method:Descriptive research with cross sectional design. Population was Nganjuk Regency government Agency with all Jamkesda managing agencies as sample. Analysis unit was institution. Respondents were officials who managed Jamkesda.Result:Jamkesda in Nganjuk Regency was integrate to Sub Divison of Special Service an Health Costing primary task. In 2012 it showed highest Jamkesda participation in East Java. Socialization strengthening in form of social support and advocacy and media use to accelerate local health coverage and to erase Poor Notification Letter to have medication. Medication visit phenomenon was varied in number in every district, the highest was Nganjuk District (11.18%. Women (56.1% who took medication in PHC was higher than men (43,99% particularly those at 15–< 54 years old age group. The commonest disease was hypertension. Conclusion: Participation acceleration through social support and advocacy strategy is able to obtain local public support both formal and non formal for its success. Highest medication visit to PHC was Nganjuk district by women with hypertension as commonest disease they complained. Suggestion:Social support and advocacy socialization strategy can be implemented in other places with similar situation and condition Key words: Jamkesda, Socialization, Social Support, Advocacy

  3. A multicentre randomised, 1-year comparative effectiveness, parallel-group trial protocol of a physical therapy approach compared to corticosteroid injections

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    Deyle, Gail D; Gill, Norman W; Rhon, Daniel I; Allen, Chris S; Allison, Stephen C; Hando, Ben R; Petersen, Evan J; Dusenberry, Douglas I; Bellamy, Nicholas

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Corticosteroid injections (CSIs) are commonly used as an initial or a primary intervention for knee osteoarthritis (OA). Consistent evidence indicates CSIs offer symptom relief with conflicting reports regarding long-term efficacy. Physical therapy (PT) offers a non-invasive alternative. There is moderate evidence suggesting short-term and long-term symptom relief and functional improvement with PT interventions. Patients with knee OA are more commonly prescribed CSI than PT prior to total joint replacement. UnitedHealthcare and Military Health System data show substantially more total knee replacement patients receive preoperative CSI than PT. There are no studies comparing CSI to a PT approach in individuals with knee OA. The primary objective of this study is to compare the effectiveness of CSI to PT in individuals with knee OA at 1, 2 and 12 months. Methods and analysis We plan to recruit 156 participants meeting established knee OA criteria. Following informed consent, participants will be randomised to receive either CSI or PT. All participants will receive instruction on recommended exercise and weight control strategies plus usual medical care. The CSI intervention consisting of 3 injections and the PT intervention consisting of 8–12 sessions will be spaced over 12 months. Measures of the dependent variables (DVs) will occur at baseline, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 6 months and 12 months post enrolment. This pragmatic, randomised clinical trial will be a mixed-model 2×5 factorial design. The independent variables are treatment (CSI and PT) and time with five levels from baseline to 1 year. The primary DV is the Western Ontario & McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC). We will also compare healthcare utilisation between the 2 groups. Ethics and Dissemination The protocol was approved by the Madigan Army Medical Center Institutional Review Board. The authors intend to publish the results in a peer-reviewed source. Trial Registration

  4. Swedish teenager perceptions of teenage pregnancy, abortion, sexual behavior, and contraceptive habits--a focus group study among 17-year-old female high-school students.

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    Ekstrand, Maria; Larsson, Margareta; Von Essen, Louise; Tydén, Tanja

    2005-10-01

    Sweden has the highest abortion numbers among the Nordic countries. Since 1995, the abortion rate among teenagers has increased by nearly 50%. We therefore undertook a study where the overall aim was to gain a deeper understanding on which factors female teenagers believe may explain the increasing numbers of teenage abortions. Teenagers' perceptions of teenage pregnancy, abortion, sexual behavior, and contraceptive habits were investigated. Six focus group interviews with 17-year-old Swedish girls were conducted. The interviews were tape-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed by manifest content analysis. Negative attitudes toward teenage pregnancy and supportive attitudes toward abortion were expressed. Risk-taking behaviors such as negligence in contraceptive use and intercourse under the influence of alcohol were suggested as main reasons behind the increasing numbers of abortions among Swedish teenagers. The contemporary, sexualized, media picture was believed to influence adolescents' sexual behavior, and liberal attitudes toward casual sex were expressed. Girls were perceived as more obliged than boys in taking responsibility for contraceptive compliance and avoidance of pregnancy. The apprehension that hormonal contraceptives cause negative side-effects was widely spread, and the participants were found to have a somewhat limited knowledge of abortion. The majority were unsatisfied with the quality of sexual education provided by the schools. Possible reasons for increased abortion numbers among teenagers in Sweden could be liberal attitudes toward casual sex in combination with negligence in contraceptive use, use of alcohol followed by sexual risk-taking, fear of hormonal contraceptives, and a deterioration of sexual education in the schools.

  5. Bulling as a group phenomenon: results of “bulling” studies in Finland and Scandinavian countries over the past 20 years (1994-2014

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    Ermolova T.V.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The latest psycho-pedagogical define bullying as a “group process”, and recommend interventions against bullying to be targeted at the peer-group level rather than at individual bullies and victims. Yet, it hasn’t been clarified so far what in the group level should be changed and how. This paper reviews the literature by Finnish, Danish and Sweden scholar on the group involvement in bullying, including insight into the individuals' motives for participation in bullying and the adjustment of victims across different peer contexts. Interventions targeting the peer group are briefly discussed and future directions for research on peer processes in bullying are suggested.

  6. Characterization and electrochemical performance of (Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}){sub 1-x}La{sub x}Co{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3-{delta}} (x = 0, 0.1) cathode for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Ding, Xifeng, E-mail: dingxifeng2002@163.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, No. 200 Xiaolingwei Street, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210094 (China); Kong, Xin; Jiang, Jinguo; Cui, Chong; Guo, Xinxin [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, No. 200 Xiaolingwei Street, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210094 (China)

    2010-09-15

    La-doped Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3-{delta}} perovskites were synthesized and investigated as new cathode material for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). The structural characteristics, thermal expansion coefficient (TEC), electrical conductivity and electrochemical properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), dilatometry, DC four-terminal method, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) techniques. The TEC of (Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}){sub 0.9}La{sub 0.1}Co{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 0.6}O{sub 3-{delta}} (BSLCF) was 14.9 x 10{sup -6} K{sup -1} at 30-800 {sup o}C, lower than Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 0.6}O{sub 3-{delta}} (BSCF) of 15.6 x 10{sup -6} K{sup -1}. The electrical conductivity of BSCF was improved by La-doping, e.g. a value of 122 S cm{sup -1} for BSLCF vs. 52 S cm{sup -1} for BSCF at 500{sup o}C, respectively. In addition, La-doping enhanced the electrochemical activity for oxygen reduction reaction. The polarization resistance of BSLCF was 0.18 {Omega} cm{sup 2} at 700 {sup o}C, about a quarter lower than that of BSCF. The improved electrochemical performance of BSLCF should be ascribed to the higher conductivity as well as the improved oxygen adsorption/desorption and oxygen ions diffusion processes.

  7. Cr-poisoning of a LaNi{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} cathode under current load

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    Stodolny, M.K.; Van Berkel, F.P.F. [Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands ECN, Unit Hydrogen and Clean Fossil Fuels, P.O. Box 1, 1755 ZG, Petten (Netherlands); Boukamp, B.A.; Blank, D.H.A. [Department of Science and Technology and MESA Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, 7500 AE, Enschede (Netherlands)

    2012-07-15

    This study demonstrates the significant impact of Cr-poisoning on the performance of the LaNi{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} (LNF) SOFC cathode under current load. Volatile Cr-species, originating from a porous metallic foam, enter the working electrode and modify both the LNF cathode layer and the Gd{sub 0.4}Ce{sub 0.6}O{sub 1.8} (GDC) barrier layer, causing increasing overpotential and cell impedance. The increase of the ohmic resistance is caused by a decrease of the in-plane electronic conductivity of the LNF layer (due to Cr incorporation and Ni removal from the LNF perovskite lattice) combined with a deterioration of the ionic conductivity of the GDC barrier layer due to reactivity with Cr resulting in formation of a GdCrO{sub 3}-phase. The increase of the polarisation resistance is caused by a decrease of the electrochemical activity of the LNF surface towards oxygen reduction reaction at the triple phase boundary (TPB) due to Cr-incorporation in the outer shell of the LNF grains. Chemical reaction and electrochemically driven reaction of volatile Cr-species with LNF and GDC contributes to the extrinsic degradation of the LNF cathodes under current load.

  8. Spin glass behavior in LaCo1 -xRhxO3 (x =0.4 , 0.5, and 0.6)

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    Guo, H.; Manna, K.; Luetkens, H.; Hoelzel, M.; Komarek, A. C.

    2016-11-01

    We studied the magnetic ground state of Co/Rh-disordered LaCo1 -xRhxO3 (x =0.4 , 0.5, and 0.6) by means of powder neutron diffraction (PND), muon spin relaxation (μ SR ), ac susceptibility, isothermal magnetic relaxation, and heat capacity measurements. The dc magnetic susceptibility measurements exhibit a cusp around the freezing temperature Tf of all studied compounds. PND measurements show no indications of long-range magnetic ordering down to 4 K in all studied samples. μ SR experiments on these compounds show a peak in the muon spin relaxation rate around Tf. However, no spontaneous muon spin precession can be observed evidencing the short-range nature of the magnetic ordering. For the x =0.5 sample ac susceptibility measurements show that Tf shifts to higher temperatures with increasing frequency and becomes suppressed by a dc biasing field. All these observations indicate that the Co/Rh-disordered LaCo1 -xRhxO3 system is a spin glass for x =0.4 , 0.5, and 0.6.

  9. An apparatus for studying electrical breakdown in liquid helium at 0.4 K and testing electrode materials for the SNS nEDM experiment

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    Ito, T M; Yao, W; Beck, D H; Cianciolo, V; Clayton, S M; Crawford, C; Currie, S A; Filippone, B W; Griffith, W C; Makela, M; Schmid, R; Seidel, G M; Tang, Z; Wagner, D; Wei, W; Williamson, S E

    2015-01-01

    We have constructed an apparatus to study DC electrical breakdown in liquid helium at temperatures as low as 0.4 K and at pressures between the saturated vapor pressure and $\\sim$600 torr. The apparatus can house a set of electrodes that are 12 cm in diameter with a gap of $1-2$ cm between them, and a potential up to $\\pm 50$ kV can be applied to each electrode. Initial results demonstrated that it is possible to apply fields exceeding 100 kV/cm in a 1 cm gap between two electropolished stainless steel electrodes 12 cm in diameter for a wide range of pressures at 0.4 K. We also measured the current between two electrodes. Our initial results, $I 5\\times10^{18}$ $\\Omega\\cdot$cm. This lower bound is 5 times larger than the bound previously measured. We report the design, construction, and operational experience of the apparatus, as well as initial results.

  10. Phonon dispersion curves of Ba{sub 0.6} K{sub 0.4} Bi O{sub 3}

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    Braden, M. [Laboratoire Leon Brillouin (LLB) - Centre d`Etudes de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)]|[Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany); Reichardt, W. [Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany); Ivanov, A.S.; Rumiantsev, A.Y. [Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    1994-12-31

    The lattice dynamics of Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}BiO{sub 3} was investigated by inelastic neutron scattering on a super-conducting single crystal (T{sub c}=26K (midpoint)). The results were analysed on the basis of a shell model including free carrier screening and a term to account for a breathing deformability of the BiO{sub 6} octahedra. At low frequencies the dispersion curves are very similar to those observed in BaPb{sub 0.75}Bi{sub 0.25}O{sub 3}. However, the screening effects indicate that Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}BiO{sub 3} is more ionic in nature than BaPb{sub 0.75}Bi{sub 0.25}O{sub 3}. The frequencies of the highest LO branches associated with Bi-O bond stretching vibrations decrease on passing from the {Gamma}-point to the zone boundary. (authors). 7 refs., 1 fig.

  11. Interstellar OH+, H2O+ and H3O+ along the sight-line to G10.6-0.4

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    Gerin, Maryvonne; Black, John; Herbst, Eric; Goicoechea, Javier R; Falgarone, Edith; Godard, Benjamin; Pearson, John C; Lis, Dariucz C; Phillips, Thomas G; Bell, Thomas A; Sonnentrucker, Paule; Boulanger, Francois; Cernicharo, José; Coutens, Audrey; Dartois, Emmanuel; Encrenaz, Pierre; Giesen, Thomas; Goldsmith, Paul F; Gupta, Harshal; Gry, Cecile; Hennebelle, Patrick; Hily-Blant, Pierre; Joblin, Christine; Kazmierczak, Maja; Kolos, Robert; Krelowski, Jacek; Martin-Pintado, Jesus; Monje, Raquel; Mookerjea, Bhaswati; Pérault, Michel; Persson, Carina; Plume, René; Rimmer, Paul B; Salez, Morvan; Schmidt, Mirisloaw; Teyssier, David; Vastel, Charlotte; Yu, Shan Shan; Contursi, Alessandra; Menten, Karl; Geballe, Thomas; Schlemmer, Stephan; Shipman, Russ; Tielens, Alexander G G M; Philipp-May, Sabine; Cros, Alain; Zmuidzinas, Jonas; Samoska, L A; Klein, K; Neufeld, D A; Lorenzani, A; Stutzki, Jürgen

    2010-01-01

    We report the detection of absorption lines by the reactive ions OH+, H2O+ and H3O+ along the line of sight to the submillimeter continuum source G10.6$-$0.4 (W31C). We used the Herschel HIFI instrument in dual beam switch mode to observe the ground state rotational transitions of OH+ at 971 GHz, H2O+ at 1115 and 607 GHz, and H3O+ at 984 GHz. The resultant spectra show deep absorption over a broad velocity range that originates in the interstellar matter along the line of sight to G10.6$-$0.4 as well as in the molecular gas directly associated with that source. The OH+ spectrum reaches saturation over most velocities corresponding to the foreground gas, while the opacity of the H2O+ lines remains lower than 1 in the same velocity range, and the H3O+ line shows only weak absorption. For LSR velocities between 7 and 50 kms$^{-1}$ we estimate total column densities of $N$(OH+) $> 2.5 \\times 10^{14}$ cm$^{-2}$, $N$(H2O+) $\\sim 6 \\times 10^{13}$ cm$^{-2}$ and $N$(H3O+) $\\sim 4.0 \\times 10^{13}$ cm$^{-2}$. These de...

  12. Surface reactive species on MnOx(0.4)-CeO2 catalysts towards soot oxidation assisted with pulse dielectric barrier discharge

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    付名利; 林俊敏; 朱文波; 吴军良; 陈礼敏; 黄碧纯; 叶代启

    2014-01-01

    MnOx(0.4)-CeO2 was investigated for soot oxidation assisted with a pulse dielectric barrier discharge (DBD). The catalysts were evaluated and characterized with TPO (temperature programmed oxidation), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS). The ignition temperature Ti for soot oxidation decreased from 240.8 to 216.4 ºC with the increase of the pulse DBD frequencies from 50 to 400 Hz, lower than that of the case without pulse DBD present (253.4 ºC). The results of XRD, Raman and XPS agreed well with the TPO activities of MnOx(0.4)-CeO2 towards soot oxidation. More solid solution of ceria and manganese, and surface reactive species including O2-, O-and Mn4+were responsible for the enhancement of soot oxidation due to pulse DBD injection in the present study. For solid solution favors to the activation and transformation of those species, which are be-lieved to be involved in the soot oxidation in a hybrid catalysis-plasma.

  13. AC Electroluminescent Processes in Pr3+-Activated (Ba0.4Ca0.6TiO3 Diphase Polycrystals

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    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the properties of alternating current (AC-driven electroluminescence from (Ba0.4Ca0.6TiO3:Pr3+ diphase polycrystal-based device. The results of crystal phases and micrographs, and the symmetrical dual emissions in one AC cycle, indicate the spontaneous formation of a dielectric/phosphor/dielectric sandwich microstructure in (Ba0.4Ca0.6TiO3:Pr3+. The electroluminescent device emits a red light of 617 nm, which is attributed to the 1D2-3H4 transition of Pr3+ in the phosphor phase. At a fixed AC frequency, the intensity of electroluminescence exhibits a steep enhancement when applying an increased driving electric field that is beyond a threshold. In a fixed driving electric field, the intensity of electroluminescence shows a rapid rise at low frequencies, but reaches saturation at high frequencies. Based on a double-injection model, we discussed systematically the electroluminescent processes in a whole cycle of AC electric field, which matched well with the experimental data. Our investigation is expected to expand our understanding of such a diphase electroluminescent device, thereby promoting their applications in lighting and displays.

  14. Structure and magnetostrictive properties of melt-spun Pr(Fe{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.6}){sub 1.93} alloys

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    Liu, J.J. [State Key Laboratory Base of Novel Functional Materials and Preparation Science, Faculty of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211 (China)], E-mail: liujinjun1@nbu.edu.cn; Liu, X.C. [State Key Laboratory Base of Novel Functional Materials and Preparation Science, Faculty of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211 (China); Zhang, W.S. [Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); Si, P.Z. [College of Materials Science and Engineering, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018 (China)

    2009-12-15

    Pr(Fe{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.6}){sub 1.93} ribbons were prepared by a melt-spinning method. Their structure and magnetic properties are investigated as functions of wheel speed and annealing temperature. The as-spun ribbon consists of a Pr(Fe, Co){sub 2} cubic Laves phase and an amorphous phase at a wheel speed of v{>=}35 m/s, while the non-cubic phases of PuNi{sub 3}-type and rare earth appear when the speed lower than 30 m/s. A single Pr(Fe, Co){sub 2} phase with MgCu{sub 2}-type structure has been synthesized by the process for the wheel speed of v{>=}35 m/s and subsequent annealing at 500 deg. C for 30 min. The epoxy/Pr(Fe{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.6}){sub 1.93} composite has been produced by a cold isostatic pressing technique, and the magnetic properties have been investigated. The composite rod sample possesses good magnetostrictive properties, i.e., a large magnetostriction ({lambda}{sub a}={lambda}{sub parallell}ambda{sub perpendicular}) of 710 ppm at 800 kA/m and a dynamic coefficient d{sub 33} of 0.67 nm/A at 100 kA/m, and is of practical value.

  15. Effect of synthetic conditions on the electrochemical properties of LiMn 0.4Fe 0.6PO 4/C synthesized by sol-gel technique

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    Kim, Jae-Kwang; Chauhan, Ghanshyam S.; Ahn, Jou-Hyeon; Ahn, Hyo-Jun

    Carbon-coated LiMn 0.4Fe 0.6PO 4 (LMFP) was synthesized by sol-gel technique using citric acid as foaming agent and carbon precursor. To evaluate the effect of synthetic conditions on the electrochemical properties of LMFP for use as cathode active material, the carbon-coated olivines were synthesized by a two-step thermal treatment at different temperatures. The composites were characterized by elemental analysis, XRD, SEM, TEM, Raman microprobe spectroscopy and their electrochemical properties were also studied. The composite that shows the better electrochemical performance has more porous structure, lower D/G band ratio in Raman spectra, and charge and discharge capacities of same 155 mAh g -1 with higher material utilization of 97% at 0.1 C-rate (0.05 mA cm -2). The material exhibiting the better performance was also incorporated in a polymer electrolyte hosted in an electrospun P(VdF-HFP) membrane. The lithium polymer battery composed of LiMn 0.4Fe 0.6PO 4 cathode and polymer electrolyte showed a good cycling performance with the initial discharge capacity of 146 mAh g -1.

  16. VUV spectroscopy of complex fluoride systems Na0.4(Y1-xREx)0.6F2.2 (RE3+ = Nd3+, Tm3+)

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    Makhov, V. N.; Uvarova, T. V.; Kirm, M.; Vielhauer, S.

    2016-05-01

    Emission and excitation spectra as well as luminescence decay kinetics of complex non-stoichiometric fluoride crystals Na0.4(Y1-xNdx)0.6F2.2 (x = 0.005, 0.05, 0.2, 1) and Na0.4(Y1-xTmx)0.6F2.2 (x = 0.0005, 0.01, 0.05, 0.1) have been studied in the VUV spectral range at liquid-helium (T ∼ 10 K) temperatures. It has been shown that these crystals show intense broad-band VUV luminescence due to the interconfiguration 5d-4f transitions in Nd3+ and Tm3+ ions. Remarkable concentration quenching is observed for Nd3+ 5d-4f luminescence whereas fast (spin-allowed) 5d-4f luminescence of Tm3+ shows no concentration quenching for the studied doping level up to 10%. The spin-allowed 5d-4f luminescence of Tm3+ in these crystals was found to be rather weak compared to spin-forbidden 5d-4f luminescence because of efficient nonradiative relaxation from higher-energy 5d states of Tm3+ to the lowest-energy 5d level responsible for spin-forbidden 5d-4f luminescence. The studied fluoride systems can be considered as promising active media for the development of VUV solid state lasers with optical pumping.

  17. Spin-phonon coupling in epitaxial S r0.6B a0.4Mn O3 thin films

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    Goian, V.; Langenberg, E.; Marcano, N.; Bovtun, V.; Maurel, L.; Kempa, M.; Prokscha, T.; Kroupa, J.; Algarabel, P. A.; Pardo, J. A.; Kamba, S.

    2017-02-01

    Spin-phonon coupling is investigated in epitaxially strained S r1 -xB axMn O3 thin films with perovskite structure by means of microwave (MW) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. In this work we focus on the S r0.6B a0.4Mn O3 composition grown on (LaAlO3) 0.3(Sr2AlTaO6 ) 0.7 substrate. The MW complex electromagnetic response shows a decrease in the real part and a clear anomaly in the imaginary part around 150 K. Moreover, it coincides with a 17 % hardening of the lowest-frequency polar phonon seen in IR reflectance spectra. In order to further elucidate this phenomenon, low-energy muon-spin spectroscopy was carried out, signaling the emergence of antiferromagnetic order with Néel temperature (TN) around 150 K. Thus, our results confirm that epitaxial S r0.6B a0.4Mn O3 thin films display strong spin-phonon coupling below TN, which may stimulate further research on tuning the magnetoelectric coupling by controlling the epitaxial strain and chemical pressure in the S r1 -xB axMn O3 system.

  18. Low Power Resistive Oxygen Sensor Based on Sonochemical SrTi0.6Fe0.4O2.8 (STFO40

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    Alisa Stratulat

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    Full Text Available The current paper reports on a sonochemical synthesis method for manufacturing nanostructured (typical grain size of 50 nm SrTi0.6Fe0.4O2.8 (Sono-STFO40 powder. This powder is characterized using X ray-diffraction (XRD, Mössbauer spectroscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM, and results are compared with commercially available SrTi0.4Fe0.6O2.8 (STFO60 powder. In order to manufacture resistive oxygen sensors, both Sono-STFO40 and STFO60 are deposited, by dip-pen nanolithography (DPN method, on an SOI (Silicon-on-Insulator micro-hotplate, employing a tungsten heater embedded within a dielectric membrane. Oxygen detection tests are performed in both dry (RH = 0% and humid (RH = 60% nitrogen atmosphere, varying oxygen concentrations between 1% and 16% (v/v, at a constant heater temperature of 650 °C. The oxygen sensor, based on the Sono-STFO40 sensing layer, shows good sensitivity, low power consumption (80 mW, and short response time (25 s. These performance are comparable to those exhibited by state-of-the-art O2 sensors based on STFO60, thus proving Sono-STFO40 to be a material suitable for oxygen detection in harsh environments.

  19. Optical absorption, piezoelectric effect and second harmonic generation studies of single crystal AgGaGe3Se7.6Te0.4 solid solution

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    Myronchuk, G. L.; Lakshminarayana, G.; Kityk, I. V.; Krymus, A. S.; Parasyuk, O. V.; Rudysh, M. Ya.; Shchepanskyi, P. A.; Piasecki, M.

    2017-03-01

    Spectral features of absorption were studied for novel AgGaGe3Se7.6Te0.4 solid-state alloys at different temperatures. The synthesized crystals structure parameters are obtained by the X-ray Rietveld refinement method. During increasing temperature from 100 up to 300 K, the energy gap of AgGaGe3Se7.6Te0.4 decreases linearly from 2.05 up to 1.94 eV at a rate 5.7 × 10-4 eV/K. The magnitudes of piezoelectric coefficients are significantly changed and demonstrate substantial anisotropy. At room temperature, these values are equal to 5.2 pm/V ( d 11), 31.5 pm/V ( d 22) and 35.5 pm/V ( d 33). It is crucial that with an increasing temperature the piezoelectric efficiencies are increased. We have explored temperature and laser-induced changes of piezoelectric coefficients.

  20. A STUDY TO FIND OUT PREVALENCE OF HYPERTENSION IN SCHOOL GOING CHILDREN OF AGE GROUP 5 TO 16 YEARS IN WESTERN RAJASTHAN

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    Mohan Makwana

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Hypertension is very common disease, commonly associated with high morbidity and mortality. Its origin is thought to be in childhood and goes undetected unless specifically looked for during this period. Early detection of hypertension and its precipitating or aggravating factors are key factors, so further complications of hypertension can be prevented. MATERIALS AND METHODS Apparently, healthy-looking school children in the age group of 5 to 16 years from various schools in Jodhpur district were screened for the study. A total of 5000 students were enrolled in the present study in a period from June 2012 to August 2014. Children with chronic illnesses and those who were on long-term medications, congenital anomalies and diagnosed to be obese and hypertensive secondary to other causes were excluded from study. Detailed history regarding age, sex, family history of obesity and hypertension, socioeconomic status had taken using predesigned proforma. Various anthropometric parameters like height, weight, waist circumference were measured and Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP and Diastolic Blood Pressure (DBP were recorded in both sexes. Hypertension was defined as SBP or DBP exceeding the 95th percentile for age, gender and height. Three readings were taken in succession with an interval of 1½ to 2 minutes. The average of the three readings was calculated and recorded in the proforma. Those children in whom blood pressure was found abnormal for respective age and gender were re-examined on two different occasions at an interval of 1 to 2 weeks. RESULTS A total of 5000 school children included in the present study. Out of them, 243 (4.86% children were detected as hypertensive as per study protocols. Majority of these, 143 (58.43% were females from families residing in urban areas. Study revealed that most hypertensive children were from joint family with higher socioeconomic status. There was strong association with family history of

  1. Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in Thirty-Four Pediatric Cases of Mucopolysaccharidosis-A Ten-Year Report from the China Children Transplant Group.

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    Wang, Jianmin; Luan, Zuo; Jiang, Hua; Fang, Jianpei; Qin, Maoquan; Lee, Vincent; Chen, Jing

    2016-11-01

    We investigated the efficacy of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT) in pediatric patients with mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS). A retrospective analysis of transplantation data from 34 cases of MPS from the China Children Transplant Group, treated between December 2004 and September 2015, was conducted. Among the 34 cases, 12 cases were type I, 12 were type II, 4 were type IV, 4 were type VI, and 2 were of an unknown type. The median age at transplantation was 3.75 years (range, 1 to 7 years); the median follow-up time was 14 months (range, 2 to 119 months). Eleven patients underwent unrelated cord blood transplantation and 23 underwent peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (4 cases with an HLA-matched sibling donor, 2 cases with an HLA-mismatched related donor, and 17 cases with an unrelated donor). A busulfan-based myeloablative regimen was used as a conditioning regimen. The estimated overall survival at 3 years was 84.8% ± 6.3% and 91.2% of the patients (31 of 34) achieved full donor chimerism. Twenty-seven children were evaluable and all but 1 (carrier sibling donor; enzyme level improved but failed to reach normal) achieved normal enzyme level after transplantation. The incidence of grades II to IV acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) was 41.1% (14 of 34), wherein the incidence of grades III and IV aGVHD was 11.8% (4 of 34). The incidence of moderate-to-severe chronic graft-versus-host disease was 5.9% (2 of 34). There was a significant difference in the survival rate between children who received transplantation before 2009 and those after 2009 (55.6% versus 95.7%, P = .002); the survival rate was lower in patients with pneumonia before transplantation than in those with no active infection before transplantation (66.7% versus 95.5%, P = .019), and no significant differences in survival rates were observed among children with different disease types, ages at transplantation, donor/graft source, and conditioning

  2. Discovery of Recombining Plasma in G166.0+4.3: A Mixed-Morphology Supernova Remnant with an Unusual Structure

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    Matsumura, H.; Uchida, H.; Tsuru, T. G.; Tanaka, T.; Itou, M.; Nobukawa, M.; Nobukawa, K. K.

    2016-06-01

    Mixed-morphology supernova remnants (MM-SNRs) have center-filled thermal X-ray emissions in a synchrotron radio shell. From the X-ray spectra of several MM-SNRs (e.g., W49B: Ozawa et al. 2009; IC 443: Yamaguchi et al. 2009), the Suzaku satellite has recently discovered recombining plasmas (RPs) characterized by a higher ionization temperature (kTz) than an electron temperature (kTe), while most of shell-like SNRs are explained as collisional ionization equilibrium (CIE: kTz = kTe) or ionizing plasma (IP: kTz < kTe). The formation process of the RPs have not been understood yet. G166.0+4.3 is a Galactic SNR whose synchrotron radio emission is extremely asymmetric: A large bipolar structure in southwest (Wing region) with a smaller semicircle shell in northeast (Shell region). From a previous X-ray observation with XMM-Newton, Bocchino et al. (2009) classified G166.0+4.3 as a MM-SNR and reported that the plasma is explained by a typical IP model. However, the origin of the unusual structure is still unclear. We have performed a long-time (totally 230 ks) observation of G166.0+4.3 with the Suzaku satellite in 2014. From the spectral analysis of the Wing region, we confirmed that the plasma is well represented by an IP model with kTe of 0.85 keV. Applying a similar IP model to the Shell region, however, we found excesses at ˜2.0 keV and ˜2.6 keV corresponding to SiXIII Lyα (2.0 keV) and the edge of a radiative recombining continuum of SiXIII (2.67 keV) + SXIV Lyα (2.63 keV), respectively. This fact indicates a sign of an RP in the Shell region of G166.0+4.3. We explained the spectrum as an RP model whose electron temperature is 0.46 keV which is smaller than that of the IP model in Wing region. We also found that the Fe-rich ejecta asymmetrically spread over the Wing region. These results suggest an inhomogeneous ambient medium in the vicinity of G166.0+4.3 which provides a clue to the cause of the unusual morphology. A supportive evidence is shown by a recent

  3. Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of Pr0.6-xErxSr0.4MnO3 (x = 0.0, 0.1 and 0.2

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    Boudjada N.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the effect of Erbium doping on the structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of Pr0.6-xErxSr0.4MnO3 (x = 0.0, 0.1 and 0.2 powder samples. Our polycrystalline samples were synthesized using the solid-state reaction at high temperature. X-ray diffraction characterizations showed that all our studied samples crystallize in the distorted orthorhombic system with Pnma space group. All our synthesized samples exhibit a paramagnetic-ferromagnetic transition with decreasing temperature. The magnetic transition temperature TC is found to decrease continuously with increasing Er concentration. It was found that the maximum value of the magnetic entropy change for Pr0.6-xErxSr0.4MnO3 sample reached |ΔSMmax|=2.40 J kg−1K−1 $left| {Delta S_M^{max }} ight| = 2.40,{m{J k}}{{m{g}}^{ - 1}}{{m{K}}^{ - 1}}$ in a magnetic applied filed of 2T.

  4. Effect of trivalent rare earth doping on magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of Pr0.5(Ce,Eu,Y)0.1Sr0.4MnO3 manganites

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    Sakka, A.; M'nassri, R.; Chniba-Boudjada, N.; Ommezzine, M.; Cheikhrouhou, A.

    2016-06-01

    Experimental studies of the structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of the three compounds Pr0.5X0.1Sr0.4MnO3 (X = Ce, Eu and Y) are reported. Our samples were synthesized using the Pechini sol-gel method. X-ray powder diffraction at room temperature indicates that our materials crystallize in the orthorhombic structure with Pbnm space group. The compounds undergo a second-order magnetic transition from paramagnetic to ferromagnetic state around their own Curie temperatures T C ~ 310, 270 and 230 K for X = Ce, Eu and Y, respectively. A considerable magnetocaloric effect (MCE) is observed around room temperature. The maximum values of magnetic entropy change ∆ S max are 3.54, 3.81 and 2.99 J/kgK for the samples with X = Ce, Eu and Y, respectively, when a magnetic field of 5 T was applied. The relative cooling power (RCP) values for the corresponding materials are 246.60, 261.66 and 298 J/kg. It is shown that for Pr0.5X0.1Sr0.4MnO3 the exponent n and the magnetic entropy change follow a master curve behavior. With the universal scaling curve, the experimental ∆ S at several temperatures and fields can be extrapolated.

  5. Efeitos cardiovascular e metabólico da reposição volêmica com solução salina hipertônica 7,5% associada ou não ao hidroxietilamido 130/0,4 em gatas com hipovolemia induzida Cardiovascular and metabolic effects of volemic expansion with 7.5% hypertonic saline alone or in combination with hydroxyethylstarch 130/0.4 in cats with induced hypovolemia

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    Doughlas Regalin

    2010-08-01

    Cl 7,5% isoladamente aumenta rapidamente a PAM, PAS e PAD em gatos com hipovolemia induzida, mantendo esse efeito por apenas 30 minutos, enquanto que a administração de hidroxietilamido 130/0,4 associado à NaCl 7,5% promove reestabelecimento mais tardio (após 30 minutos, porém mais duradouro (até 120 minutos da PAM, PAS e PAD em gatas com hipovolemia induzida. A administração de HES 130/0,4 associada à NaCl 7,5% promove aumento acentuado da PVC por até 60 minutos após a administração.Hypovolemia is characterized by body fluid loss leading to an inadequate circulatory flow and consequently tissue injury. The aim of this study was to compare the volume expansion using hypertonic saline solution (NaCl 7.5% alone or in combination with hydroxyethylstarch 130/0.4 (HES 130/0.4 in cats under general anesthesia with isoflurane and exposed to experimental hypovolemia. Twelve adult mixed breed cats, average weight of 3.07±0.56kg were used in this study. The queens were anesthetized using isoflurane and after surgical prepare, anesthesia were maintained with 1 MAC of isoflurane and the animals were mechanically ventilated. After waiting for anesthesia stabilization, baseline cardiovascular and hemogasometric parameters were recorded. Hypovolemia was induced by withdrawing 30mL kg-1 of blood from the femoral artery, after an hour, data were reassessed, and then, the animals were allocated into two groups: HSG (hypertonic saline group, n=6, which received 4mL kg-1 of 7.5% NaCl, and HSCG (hypertonic saline, associated to HES 130/0,4 group n=6 which received 4mL kg-1 of 7.5% NaCl associated to 30ml kg-1 of HES 130/0.4. After the treatments, cardiovascular and hemogasometric parameters were assessed for 120 minutes. Systolic blood pressure (SAP, diastolic blood pressure (DAP, mean arterial pressure (MAP were significantly higher after volemic expansion on HSG at T0. From T45 to T120, SAP, DAP and MAP were significantly higher in HSCG when compared to HSG. Central venous

  6. High-T{sub c} superconductivity in Bi{sub 1.6}Pb{sub 0.4}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 2+x}O{sub y} compounds

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    Ali, Zahida; Maqsood, Asghari; Maqsood, Muhammad; Ramay, S.M.; Yousaf, Mohammad [Thermal Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan); Anwar-ul-Haq [Metallurgy Division, Dr A Q Khan Research Laboratories, Kahuta, Rawalpindi (Pakistan)

    1996-05-01

    Superconducting samples with the nominal composition Bi{sub 1.6}Pb{sub 0.4}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 2+x}O{sub y} (x = 1.6, 1.8, 2.0) have been prepared by a solid state reaction technique. The resistivity data reveal the occurrence of multi phases in all the samples. By a process of ageing over 2 years then re annealing, a dramatic increase in T{sub c} was observed in the above system for x=2.0. We achieved zero resistance at 130 K, which is the highest in the composition Bi{sub 1.6}Pb{sub 0.4}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 2+x}O{sub y} (x = 1.6, 1.8, 2.0) reported so far but the recipe is often not reproducible. This shows that the system is sensitive to Cu composition and to the conditions of preparation. Furthermore, long storage leads to a deterioration in the superconducting properties. X-ray diffraction studies show that these samples mainly contain the (2223) phase. However, in each sample, a few lines could not be indexed, which may indicate the presence of some new phase. (author)

  7. Grupo terapêutico para tabagistas: resultados após seguimento de dois anos Therapeutic group for smokers: results after two-year follow-up

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    Renata Cruz Soares de Azevedo

    2009-01-01

    service. METHODS: One hundred and seventy one smokers were evaluated for treatment in the Therapeutic Group (TG of the Service of Psychoactive Substances. We evaluated sociodemographic variables, history of smoking, presence of medical comorbidity and psychiatric symptoms, initial and late outcomes (median 25 months, by telephone contact. Frequency analysis and multiple logistic regression analysis were used, with a significance level of 5% for associated factors. RESULTS: Most patients were female (73.4%, married (48%, had basic education (74.6%, were working (57%; 65.2% started to smoke before the age of 15, 63.8% smoked for more than thirty years, 76% already had tried to stop smoking, 46.2% had severe dependence, 72.1% had medical comorbidity and 36% presented psychiatric symptoms. The service was sought by 51%, mainly concerned with health. During treatment, 79.1% stopped smoking. After 25 months, 62% remained abstinent. The variable associated with failure of smoking cessation was the presence of psychiatric symptoms. Variables related to relapse were psychiatric symptoms and lesser attendance at Motivation Group sessions. There was an association between clinical comorbidity and years of smoking and years of inactivity CONCLUSION: This study reinforces the importance of understanding the profile of the subjects to evaluate strategies employed and adequacy of treatment proposed for smokers to improve the rates of smoking cessation and reduce rates of relapse.

  8. Algebraic Groups

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    2007-01-01

    The workshop continued a series of Oberwolfach meetings on algebraic groups, started in 1971 by Tonny Springer and Jacques Tits who both attended the present conference. This time, the organizers were Michel Brion, Jens Carsten Jantzen, and Raphaël Rouquier. During the last years, the subject...... of algebraic groups (in a broad sense) has seen important developments in several directions, also related to representation theory and algebraic geometry. The workshop aimed at presenting some of these developments in order to make them accessible to a "general audience" of algebraic group......-theorists, and to stimulate contacts between participants. Each of the first four days was dedicated to one area of research that has recently seen decisive progress: \\begin{itemize} \\item structure and classification of wonderful varieties, \\item finite reductive groups and character sheaves, \\item quantum cohomology...

  9. Boötes-HiZELS: an optical to near-infrared survey of emission-line galaxies at z = 0.4-4.7

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    Matthee, Jorryt; Sobral, David; Best, Philip; Smail, Ian; Bian, Fuyan; Darvish, Behnam; Röttgering, Huub; Fan, Xiaohui

    2017-10-01

    We present a sample of ∼1000 emission-line galaxies at z = 0.4-4.7 from the ∼0.7deg2 High-z Emission-Line Survey in the Boötes field identified with a suite of six narrow-band filters at ≈0.4-2.1 μm. These galaxies have been selected on their Ly α (73), [O II] (285), H β/[O III] (387) or H α (362) emission line, and have been classified with optical to near-infrared colours. A subsample of 98 sources have reliable redshifts from multiple narrow-band (e.g. [O II]-H α) detections and/or spectroscopy. In this survey paper, we present the observations, selection and catalogues of emitters. We measure number densities of Ly α, [O II], H β/[O III] and H α and confirm strong luminosity evolution in star-forming galaxies from z ∼ 0.4 to ∼5, in agreement with previous results. To demonstrate the usefulness of dual-line emitters, we use the sample of dual [O II]-H α emitters to measure the observed [O II]/H α ratio at z = 1.47. The observed [O II]/H α ratio increases significantly from 0.40 ± 0.01 at z = 0.1 to 0.52 ± 0.05 at z = 1.47, which we attribute to either decreasing dust attenuation with redshift, or due to a bias in the (typically) fibre measurements in the local Universe that only measure the central kpc regions. At the bright end, we find that both the H α and Ly α number densities at z ≈ 2.2 deviate significantly from a Schechter form, following a power law. We show that this is driven entirely by an increasing X-ray/active galactic nucleus fraction with line luminosity, which reaches ≈100 per cent at line luminosities L ≳ 3 × 1044 erg s-1.

  10. Friction and wear behavior of the superconducting compound oxide of Ag/Bi_(1. 6) Pb_(0. 4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x)%超导Ag/Bi_(1.6)Pb_(0.4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x)复合氧化物摩擦磨损性能

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    彭义; 李长生; 董丽荣; 丁巧党; 王昊璐

    2009-01-01

    The superconducting Bi_(1.6)Pb_(0.4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x) samples were prepared by the solid-state synthesismethod. The tribological properties were measured on the friction and wear tester from ambient temperature toliquid nitrogen temperature. The results indicate that the friction coefficient of Bi_(1.6)Pb_(0.4)Srz_2Ca_2Cu_30_(10-x) againststainless steel is about 0.35 at the ambient temperature and decreases abruptly to half of the normal state value whenthe temperature is below the superconducting transition temperature of Bi_(1.6)Pb_(0. 4_Srz_2Ca_2Cu_30_(10-x). Themeasurements prove directly the effect of electronic excitation on friction. Moreover, the Ag/Bi_(1.6) Pb_(0.4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x) composite samples were prepared by sintering Bi_(1.6)Pb_(0.4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x) with Ag at different mass fractions to improve the tribological properties of Bi_(1.6)Pb_(0.4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x) at room temperature. The experimental results show that the friction coefficient of 10 Wt%Ag/Bi_(1. 6) Pb_(0. 4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x) is about 0. 2~O. 3 and the wear rate is 4. 57×10~(-4)mm~3·(N·m)~(-1), and the superconductivity of 10 Wt% Ag/Bi_(1. 6) Pb_(0. 4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x) is not degenerated.%为适应20℃~-200℃温度的适用范围, 采用固相法制备了Bi_(1.6) Pb_(0. 4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x)超导材料, 用摩擦磨损试验机测试了Bi_(1.6) Pb_(0. 4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x)从液氮温度至室温的摩擦学性能. 结果表明: 在室温20℃下, Bi_(1. 6) Pb_(0. 4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x)与对偶件轴承钢盘对摩时, 摩擦系数约为0. 35, 当温度降到超导转变温度以下时(液氮温度-170℃)摩擦系数大幅度降低, Bi_(1. 6) Pb_(0. 4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x)超导态摩擦系数为正常态值的一半, 实验证明了电子激励对摩擦能量耗散的作用. 为改善室温下Bi_(1. 6) Pb_(0. 4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x)摩擦学性能, 掺杂不同质量分数Ag作为润滑组元, 制备了Ag/Bi_(1. 6) Pb_(0. 4)Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_(10-x)

  11. Electrochemical properties of LaNi{sub 4.2}Co{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.1}Al{sub 0.3} and LaNi{sub 4.3}Co{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.1}Al{sub 0.2} alloys as anode materials for Ni-MH batteries

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    Giza, Krystyna [Czestochowa Univ. of Technology (Poland). Faculty of Production Engineering and Materials Technology

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    The galvanostatic charge and discharge technique was used for the evaluation of the changes in electrochemical parameters of the tested metal hydride electrodes during the repeated hydrogen absorption and desorption processes. Higher development of the effective surface area during hydrogenation has been obtained for LaNi{sub 4.3}Co{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.1}Al{sub 0.2} composite electrode. For the conditions of current ± 0.5 C, the discharge capacities of LaNi{sub 4.2}Co{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.1}Al{sub 0.3} and LaNi{sub 4.3}Co{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.1}Al{sub 0.2} alloys are 240 and 316 mAh x g{sup -1}, respectively. From the point of view of improving the kinetics of the process of charge transfer at the electrode/electrolyte interface as well as a resistance to self-discharging, a partial substitution of nickel with zinc in the LaNi{sub 4.3}Co{sub 0.4}Al{sub 0.3} alloy is not favorable.

  12. Optimizing the modification method of zinc-enhanced sintering of BaZr{sub 0.4}Ce{sub 0.4}Y{sub 0.2}O{sub 3-{delta}}-based electrolytes for application in an anode-supported protonic solid oxide fuel cell

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    Guo, Youmin; Ran, Ran; Shao, Zongping [State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, No.5 Xin Mofan Road, Nanjing 210009 (China)

    2010-06-15

    The effects of zinc modification methods on membrane sintering, electrical conductivity of BaZr{sub 0.4}Ce{sub 0.4}Y{sub 0.2}O{sub 3-{delta}} (BZCY4) and the thermo-mechanical match of the BZCY4 electrolyte with anode were systematically investigated. Three modification methods are pursued, including the physical mixing of BZCY4 with a ZnO solid (method 1), introducing zinc during the solution stage of the sol-gel synthesis (method 2) and doping zinc into a perovskite lattice by synthesis of a new compound with a nominal composition of BaZr{sub 0.4}Ce{sub 0.4}Y{sub 0.16}Zn{sub 0.04}O{sub 3-{delta}} (method 3). Method 1 turned out to be the most effective at reducing the sintering temperature, which can mainly be attributed to a reactive sintering although ZnO doping into the BZCY4 lattice also facilitates the sintering. While all three modification methods facilitated the membrane sintering, only the electrolyte from method 3 had similar shrinkage behavior to the anode. An anode-supported thin-film BZCY4-3 electrolyte solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) was successfully fabricated, and the fuel cell delivered an attractive performance with a peak power density of {proportional_to}307 mW cm{sup -2} at 700 C. (author)

  13. De incidentie van diabetes mellitus bij 0-19 jarigen in nederland (1988-1990) [The incidence of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) in the age group of 0-19 years in the Netherlands (1988-1990

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    Hirasing, R.A.

    1995-01-01

    Objective: To determine if the incidence of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) in the age group of 0-19 years in the Netherlands in the period 1988-1990 had changed in comparison with the period 10 years before. Design: Retrospective. Setting: The Netherlands. Method: In 1991 a questionnaire

  14. Influence of multi-year Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis on the abundance of B. cereus group populations in Swedish riparian wetland soils

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    Hendriksen, Niels Bohse; Schneider, Salome; Tajrin, Tania;

    Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (Bti) is a soil-born bacterium affiliated to the B. cereus group (Bcg, a group including the pathogens B. cereus, B. thuringiensis, and B. anthracis) and used in biocontrol products against nematoceran larvae. However, knowledge is limited on how long...

  15. Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4铁氧体纳米晶与微米晶300MHz~2GHz的磁导率比较%Comparison of permeability between Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4 nanocrystalline and microcrystalline in 300 MHz-2 GHz frequency range

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    李家明; 伍俊夫; 汪忠柱

    2013-01-01

      用水热法制备了平均晶粒尺寸为40 nm 的Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4铁氧体八面体颗粒,同时采用溶胶-凝胶高温烧结法合成 Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4微米晶颗粒。用矢量网络分析仪测试了铁氧体/石蜡混合材料在300MHz~2GHz频段的复磁导率和复介电常数。实验结果表明Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4铁氧体纳米晶粒样品与微米晶样品相比具有更高的磁导率(实部 rµ′在3.3~1.65之间,磁导率虚部 rµ′在1.1左右)、更大的磁损耗以及更优异的微波吸收特性。%Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4 ferrite octahedral nanoparticles with mean crystallite size of about 40 nm were synthesized via hydrothermal route, and the Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4 microcrystalline particles were also synthesized by sol-gel high temperature sintering method. In 300MHz-2GHz frequency range, the complex permeability and permittivity for Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4/wax composites were measured by vector network analyzer. The results showed that Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4 nanoparticle sample presents higher microwave permeability, magnetic loss tangent and more excellent microwave absorption property than microcrystalline sample.

  16. DC current induced metal-insulator transition in epitaxial Sm0.6Nd0.4NiO3/LaAlO3 thin film

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    Haoliang Huang

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The metal-insulator transition (MIT in strong correlated electron materials can be induced by external perturbation in forms of thermal, electrical, optical, or magnetic fields. We report on the DC current induced MIT in epitaxial Sm0.6Nd0.4NiO3 (SNNO thin film deposited by pulsed laser deposition on (001-LaAlO3 substrate. It was found that the MIT in SNNO film not only can be triggered by thermal, but also can be induced by DC current. The TMI of SNNO film decreases from 282 K to 200 K with the DC current density increasing from 0.003 × 109 A•m−2 to 4.9 × 109 A•m−2. Based on the resistivity curves measured at different temperatures, the MIT phase diagram has been successfully constructed.

  17. Dc and ac electrical conductivity of bulk CdSe{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} (0{<=}x{<=}0.4)

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    Afifi, M.A.; El-Nahass, M.M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy, Cairo (Egypt); Bekheet, A.E. [Physics Department, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy, Cairo (Egypt)], E-mail: ashraf_bekheet@hotmail.com; Zedan, I.T. [Physics Department, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy, Cairo (Egypt)

    2007-11-15

    Measurements of the dc and ac conductivity were made for polycrystalline CdSe{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} (0{<=}x{<=}0.4) at various frequencies (0.1-100 kHz) and at various temperatures (293-413 K). The temperature dependence of the dc conductivity was measured in the temperature range (293-413 K). It was found that the obtained dc activation energy for the investigated compositions decrease with the increase of Se content. The ac conductivity is found to be frequency and temperature dependent and obeys the A{omega}{sup s} law, where s decreases with the increase of temperature. The ac conductivity of these compositions are explained on the basis of the correlated barrier hopping model.

  18. Hysteresis Behavior of Capacitance-Voltage Curve in (Ba0.6Sr0.4)TiO3 Thick Films Caused by Strained Heterostructure

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    Kawae, Takeshi; Fukuda, Yuji; Morito, Kentaro; Munetomo, Kenshiro; Morimoto, Akiharu

    2009-09-01

    (Ba0.6Sr0.4)TiO3 (BST) films with 300-1700 nm thicknesses were deposited on SrTiO3 (STO), 0.5 wt % Nb-doped STO and (La0.5Sr0.5)CoO3-coated STO substrates by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction analysis results indicate that the deposited BST thick films were epitaxially grown on the substrates and c-lattice parameter of BST was increased compared with that of the bulk material owing to stress in the film. The fabricated film capacitors showed a hysteresis curve in the capacitance-voltage curve at room temperature. Hysteresis width linearly increased with increasing BST c-lattice parameter.

  19. Improvement of critical current density in thallium-based (Tl,Bi)Sr(1.6)Ba(0.4)Ca2Cu3O(x) superconductors

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    Ren, Z. F.; Wang, C. A.; Wang, J. H.; Miller, D. J.; Goretta, K. C.

    1995-01-01

    Epitaxial (Tl,Bi)Sr(1.6)Ba(0.4)Ca2Cu3O(x) ((Tl,Bi)-1223) thin films on (100) single crystal LaAlO3 substrates were synthesized by a two-step procedure. Phase development, microstructure, and relationships between film and substrate were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Resistance versus temperature, zero-field-cooled and field cooled magnetization, and transport critical current density (J(sub c)) were measured. The zero-resistance temperature was 105-111 K. J(sub c) at 77 K and zero field was greater than 2 x 10(exp 6) A/sq cm. The films exhibited good flux pinning properties.

  20. Age hardening characteristics and mechanical properties of Mg-3.5Dy-4.0Gd-3.1Nd-0.4Zr alloy

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    LI De-hui; DONG Jie; ZENG Xiao-qin; LU Chen; DING Wen-jiang

    2006-01-01

    Age hardening characteristic and tensile property of Mg-3.5Dy-4.0Gd-3.1Nd-0.4Zr alloy were investigated. The alloy exhibits a considerable age hardening effect up to 250 ℃. Increasing the aging temperature leads to a shorter aging time to reach the peak hardness and a lower peak hardness. The tensile results show that the peak-aged specimens have higher tensile strength at the temperature below 200℃. However, with the increase of temperature further, the tensile strength decreases dramatically and elongation increases drastically. The loss in tensile strength and increase in elongation at high temperature are possibly associated with the instability of secondary precipitates. The fracture mechanism of alloy transfers from intergranular to transgranular with the increase of experimental temperature.

  1. Dopant occupancy and UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy of Mg (0, 4, 5 and 6 mol.%):Dy:LiNbO3 crystal

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    Dai, Li; Liu, Chunrui; Han, Xianbo; Wang, Luping; Tan, Chao; Yan, Zhehua; Xu, Yuheng

    2017-09-01

    A series of Dy:LiNbO3 crystals with x mol.% Mg2+ ions (x =0, 4, 5 and 6 mol.%) were grown by the Czochralski method. The effective segregation coefficient of Mg2+ and Dy3+ ions was studied by the inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). UV-VIS-NIR absorption spectra and Judd-Ofelt theory were used to investigate their spectroscopic properties. J-O intensity parameters (Ω2 = 7.53 × 10‑20cm2, Ω4 = 6.98 × 10‑20cm2, and Ω6 = 3.09 × 10‑20cm2) and larger spectroscopic quality factor (X = 2.26) for Mg:(6 mol.%)Dy:LiNbO3 crystals were obtained.

  2. Kinetics of cation distribution in cobalt-containing olivine, (Co0.6Mg0.4)2)SiO4.

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    Mutke, Monika; Kreye, Marc; Shi, Jianmin; Becker, Klaus Dieter

    2008-07-14

    In olivines, (A,B)(2)SiO(4), the A and B cations are distributed over two non-equivalent sites of octahedral coordination, M1 and M2. In the case of temperature dependent cation distributions, the kinetics of cation redistribution between these two sublattices can be studied by means of temperature-jump experiments. In situ experiments of this type are reported for a cobalt-containing olivine single crystal, (Co(0.6)Mg(0.4))(2)SiO(4). The relaxation experiments were performed by means of optical spectroscopy under in situ conditions in the temperature range between 480 and 690 degrees C yielding an activation energy of about 2.0 eV. The results are discussed in the framework of microscopic models of cation sublattice exchange. Implications for quench experiments are addressed.

  3. de Haas-van Alphen measurements in Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}BiO{sub 3}

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    Goodrich, R.G.; Grienier, C.; Hall, D. [Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA (United States). Dept. of Physics] [and others

    1993-08-01

    dHvA measurements were made on the 32 K cubic superconductor Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}BiO{sub 3} using a 50 Tesla pulsed field magnet at NHMFL (Los Alamos) and a 18 T superconducting magnet (LSU). Data were taken with the magnetic field aligned along the (001) direction, at 1.5 to 3.9 K. The pulsed fields were high enough to drive the system well into the normal state. Analysis shows that the frequencies of the observed dHvA oscillations arise from a several Fermi surface sheets. One cross section was nearly identical with that predicted by a new LDA calculation.

  4. Structural and spectroscopic characterization of Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 crystalline rods grown by the Laser Floating Zone method

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    Várez, A.

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available A structural and spectroscopic characterization of crystalline rods of Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 grown by the laser floating zone (LFZ method is presented. A precursor rod of Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 composition was sintered at 1500 ºC in air atmosphere and then processed by the LFZ technique with a CO2 laser. The processed material was characterized by XRD, SEM and Raman spectroscopy. In the as-grown, dark-color processed rod, the Raman spectrum evolves radially from a t’-like one, corresponding to Ce0.37Zr0.63O2 composition, at the edge of the rod, to a very broad and weak, cubic-like one, at the center. The degree of cerium reduction and oxygen non-stoichiometry were determined through measurements of the electronic Raman spectrum of Ce3+. A strong Ce3+ signal was found at the core of the rod, indicating strong reduction, whereas no Ce3+ signal was detected at the edge. To restore oxygen and Ce4+ content a section of the fiber was reoxidized at 620 ºC for 24 h. A very homogeneous spectrum was found in the reoxidized sample, that was assigned to a t’-phase of composition Ce0.42Zr0.58O2.Presentamos una caracterización estructural y espectroscópica de fibras cristalinas de Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 crecidas mediante fusión zonal asistida por láser (LFZ. Una barra del material precursor, de composición Ce0.4Zr0.6O2, fue sinterizada a 1500 ºC en atmósfera de aire y después procesada por LFZ con un láser de CO2. El material procesado fue caracterizado por difracción de rayos X, microscopía electrónica de barrido y espectroscopía Raman. En la fibra recién procesada, de color gris oscuro, el espectro Raman varía radialmente desde un espectro de tipo t’, correspondiente a una composición Ce0.37Zr0.63O2, en el borde de la fibra, hasta un espectro muy ensanchado y débil, de aspecto cúbico, en el centro. El grado de reducción del cerio y la no estequiometría del oxígeno se determinaron a través de las medidas del Raman electrónico del Ce3+. La señal de Ce3

  5. Electrochemical performance and degradation of (La0.6Sr0.4)0.99CoO3 − δ as porous SOFC-cathode

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    Hjalmarsson, Per; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Søgaard, Martin

    2008-01-01

    This paper shows that measured impedance in porous (La0.6Sr0.4)(0.99)CoO3-delta cathodes can be dependent on both gas diffusion and electrode kinetics at temperatures above 700 degrees C or below ambient pO(2)S if electrode kinetics are fast. The reaction mechanism is discussed on the basis...... of measured temperature- and pO(2)-dependences. The degradation was found to be related exclusively to the electrode kinetics and measured about 0.5-1.5 m Omega cm(2) days(-1) depending on temperature with a higher rate measured in moisturised air. We speculate on degradation mechanism that involves formation...

  6. S factor of {sup 14}N(p,γ){sup 15}O at 0.4 - 1.4 MeV

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    Wagner, Louis; Anders, Michael; Gohl, Stefan; Reinicke, Stefan; Roeder, Marko; Schmidt, Konrad; Serfling, Martin; Takacs, Marcell [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Dresden (Germany); TU Dresden (Germany); Akhmadaliev, Shavkat; Bemmerer, Daniel; Elekes, Zoltan; Junghans, Arnd; Munnik, Frans; Schwengner, Ronald; Szuecs, Tamas; Wagner, Andreas [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Dresden (Germany); Marta, Michele [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt (Germany); Reinhardt, Tobias; Zuber, Kai [TU Dresden (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    For solar model calculations precise knowledge of the relevant fusion cross sections is needed. In the solar core the rate of the CNO cycle is dominated by the bottleneck {sup 14}N(p,γ){sup 15}O reaction, because this is the slowest reaction of the cycle. A proton beam with energies of 0.4-1.4 MeV delivered by the 3 MV Tandetron of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf was used to study the non-resonant cross section of {sup 14}N(p,γ){sup 15}O. The talk presents the characterisation of the used TiN targets with Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA), new data for the S factor of {sup 14}N(p,γ){sup 15}O and a R-Matrix extrapolation for capture to the excited state at 6.79 MeV.

  7. The influence of tilt angle on the CMR in Sm{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3}

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    Abdel-Latif, I.A. [Reactor Physics Department, NRC, Atomic Energy Authority, Abou Zabaal P.O. 13759, Cairo (Egypt)], E-mail: ihab_abdellatif@yahoo.co.uk; Hassen, A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Fayoum University, Al-Fayoum (Egypt); Zybill, C. [Physics Department, GUC, Cairo (Egypt); Abdel-Hafiez, M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Fayoum University, Al-Fayoum (Egypt); Allam, S.; El-Sherbini, Th. [Laboratory of Laser and New Materials, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Giza (Egypt)

    2008-03-20

    In the present work, the structural and transport properties of Sm{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} polycrystalline sample were investigated. The sample was prepared using solid-state reaction technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed a single-phase sample. The dc resistivity and magnetoresistance (MR) were measured, in the temperature range from 40 K up to 300 K, using a cryogenic system capable of applying a magnetic field up to 5 T. A transition at Tp {approx} 89 K was observed. This transition is shifted towards higher temperatures under the effect of applied magnetic field. At low temperature, T {approx} 70 K, positive colossal magnetoresistance CMR values of 97% at magnetic field 2 T was observed and reached 99.7% at 5 T.

  8. Crystallization Behavior and Magnetic Properties of (Fe0.6Co0.4)86Hf7B6Cu1 Alloy

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    LIANG Xiu-bing; FERENC J.; KULIK T.; XU Bin-shi

    2004-01-01

    (Fe0.6Co0.4)86Hf7B6Cu1 nanocrystalline alloy obtained in isothermal annealing process from amorphous precursor was investigated as candidate of soft magnetic materials for high temperature applications. Co substitution for Fe can enhance the curie temperature of amorphous alloy (Tc = 630 ℃) and improve the magnetization of nanocrystalline alloy at high temperature ( ≈ 1.56T at 550 ℃). After annealing amorphous precursor at 550 ℃ for 1 hour, the optimum nanocrystalline alloy can be obtained which shows the local minimum coercivity ( ≈ 16 A/m). The coercivity increases with the increase of annealing temperature corresponding to the formation of ferromagnetic phase in the secondary crystallization. Furthermore, additions of Hf and B elements reduce the melting temperature of the alloy studied comparing with the Fe-Co binary alloy.

  9. K2 Variable Catalogue II: Machine Learning Classification of Variable Stars and Eclipsing Binaries in K2 Fields 0-4

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    Armstrong, D J; Lam, K W F; McCormac, J; Osborn, H P; Spake, J; Walker, S; Brown, D J A; Kristiansen, M H; Pollacco, D; West, R; Wheatley, P J

    2015-01-01

    We are entering an era of unprecedented quantities of data from current and planned survey telescopes. To maximise the potential of such surveys, automated data analysis techniques are required. Here we implement a new methodology for variable star classification, through the combination of Kohonen Self Organising Maps (SOM, an unsupervised machine learning algorithm) and the more common Random Forest (RF) supervised machine learning technique. We apply this method to data from the K2 mission fields 0-4, finding 154 ab-type RR Lyraes (15 newly discovered), 377 Delta Scuti pulsators, 133 Gamma Doradus pulsators, 183 detached eclipsing binaries, 290 semi-detached or contact eclipsing binaries and 9399 other periodic (mostly spot-modulated) sources, once class significance cuts are taken into account. We present lightcurve features for all K2 stellar targets, including their three strongest detected frequencies, which can be used to study stellar rotation periods where the observed variability arises from spot m...

  10. Invariance of conductivity relaxation under pressure and temperature variations at constant conductivity relaxation time in 0.4Ca(NO₃)₂-0.6KNO₃.

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    Wojnarowska, Z; Ngai, K L; Paluch, M

    2014-12-01

    The article reports the dependence of the conductivity relaxation on temperature T and pressure P in the canonical ionic glass former 0.4Ca(NO(3))(2)-0.6KNO(3)(CKN). At constant conductivity relaxation time τ(σ), the entire conductivity relaxation spectra obtained at widely different combinations of T and P superpose almost perfectly, and thus it is the ion-ion interaction but not thermodynamics that determines the frequency dispersion. Moreover, on vitrifying CKN by either elevating P or decreasing T, changes of P or T dependence of τ(σ) at the glass transition pressure P(g) and temperature T(g) are observed to occur at the same value, i.e., τ(σ)(P(g))=τ(σ)(T(g)), indicating that the relation between τ(σ) and the structural relaxation time τ(α) is also independent of P and T.

  11. Quench behavior of Sr0.6K0.4Fe2As2/Ag tapes with AC and DC transport currents at different temperature

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    Liu, Qi; Zhang, Guomin; Yang, Hua; Li, Zhenming; Liu, Wei; Jing, Liwei; Yu, Hui; Liu, Guole

    2016-09-01

    In applications, superconducting wires may carry AC or DC transport current. Thus, it is important to understand the behavior of normal zone propagation in conductors and magnets under different current conditions in order to develop an effective quench protection system. In this paper, quench behavior of Ag sheathed Sr0.6K0.4Fe2As2 (Sr-122 in the family of iron-based superconductor) tapes with AC and DC transport current is reported. The measurements are performed as a function of different temperature (20 K-30 K), varying transport current and operating frequency (50 Hz-250 Hz). The focus of the research is the minimum quench energy (MQE), the normal zone propagation velocity (NZPV) and the comparison of the related results with AC and DC transport current.

  12. A 0.4V, 790µW CMOS Low Noise Amplifier in the Sub-Threshold Region at 1.5GHz

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    Amin Zafarian

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A fully integrated low-noise amplifier (LNA with 0.4V supply voltage and ultra-low power consumption at 1.5GHz by folded cascode structure is presented. The proposed LNA is designed in a TSMC 0.18 µm CMOS technology, in which the all transistors are biased in sub-threshold region. Through the use of the proposed circuit for the gain enhancement in this structure and using forward body bias technique, a very high figure of merit is achieved, in comparison to the similar structures. The LNA provides a power gain of 14.7bB with a noise figure of 2.9dB while consuming only 790µW dc power. Also, the impedance matching of the input and output circuit in its operating frequency is desirable and in the whole circuit bandwidth, input and output isolation is below -33dB.

  13. Dielectric and magnetic behavior of nanocrystalline Cu{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite

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    Jadoun, Priya, E-mail: priya4jadoun@gmail.com; Sharma, Jyoti; Prashant, B. L.; Dolia, S. N.; Bhatnagar, Deepak; Saxena, V. K. [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302012 (India)

    2016-05-23

    The mixed copper cobalt ferrite nanoparticles (Cu{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) have been synthesized by sol-gel auto combustion route with aqueous metal nitrates and citric acid as the precursor. The crystal structure has been analyzed by X-Ray diffraction (XRD) method. XRD reveals the formation of single phase cubic spinel structure. The Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) is used for morphological studies. The dielectric measurements at room temperature show the decrease in dielectric constant with increasing frequency which is attributed to Maxwell Wagner model and conduction mechanism in ferrites.The magnetic measurements show ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature and large coercivity is observed on cooling down the temperature to 20 K.

  14. Critical current densities of Sr0.6K0.4Fe2As2 superconductors estimated from AC susceptibilities

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    Setoyama, Subaru; Kinoshita, Junichi; Akune, Tadahiro; Sakamoto, Nobuyoshi; Murakami, Kouji; Yoshida, Nobuyuki; Kiuchi, Masaru; Otabe, Edmund Soji; Matsushita, Teruo; Ge, Jun; Ni, Baorong; Wang, Lei; Qi, Yanpeng; Zhang, Xianping; Gao, Zhaoshun; Ma, Yanwei

    2013-01-01

    AC susceptibilities (real χ‧ and imaginary χ″) of Sr0.6K0.4Fe2As2 (122 type) polycrystalline with Ag addition are analysed by the grained Bean model. A variety of characteristics, double peak in χ″ and shoulder transition in χ‧, appear in the model simulation. Comparing the measured χ‧ and χ″ with the model allows more clear insight on the polycrystalline structure. Estimated critical current densities Jcg and Jcℓ of the grain and the link in the iron-based pnictides show that the addition of 20 wt.% Ag increases Jcℓ 9 times larger. Improvement of intergrain characteristics with Ag addition is clearly indicated.

  15. Microstructure and mechanical properties of the laser-welded Mg-3Nd-0.2Zn-0.4Zr (NZ30K) magnesium alloy

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    Yan, Keng; Su, Jinsong; Zhao, Yong

    2017-08-01

    This study aimed to investigate the microstructure and mechanical properties of the laser-welded Mg-3Nd-0.2Zn-0.4Zr (NZ30K) magnesium alloy. A fiber optic laser was used to weld 4-mm-thick Mg-3Nd-0.2Zn-0.4Zr (NZ30K) and AZ31 magnesium alloy plates. The microstructures of NZ30K and AZ31 joints were compared, and the distribution of Nd in NZ30K was emphatically investigated. Besides, microhardness distributions and tensile properties of NZ30K and AZ31 joints at room temperature and high temperature (200 °C) were tested, and fracture features were observed and analyzed. The results indicated that the NZ30K rare-earth magnesium alloy showed better properties especially at a high temperature (200 °C), benefiting from the strengthening phase, compared with the AZ31 joint, such as high-temperature tensile strength, creep resistance at high temperature, and corrosion resistance. The microhardness in the fusion zone of NZ30K changed a little compared with that in base metal, while the microhardness in the fusion zone of AZ31 decreased significantly. The grain of NZ30K in the fusion zone was significantly refined with strengthening-phase distribution on the grain boundary. The tensile strength of NZ30K laser beam-welded joints at a high temperature (200 °C) decreased by 29% compared with that at room temperature, while the tensile strength of AZ31 joint at a high temperature (200 °C) decreased by 53% compared with that at room temperature, which was mainly because of the stable existence of the strengthening-phase Mg12Nd in the NZ30K rare-earth magnesium alloy while the strengthening-phase Mg17Al12 in AZ31 would soften and coarsen with the rise in temperature.

  16. Development of an Ultrahigh Resolution Block Detector Based on 0.4 mm Pixel Ce:GAGG Scintillators and a Silicon Photomultiplier Array

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    Yamamoto, Seiichi; Yeom, Jung Yeol; Kamada, Kei; Endo, Takanori; Levin, Craig S.

    2013-12-01

    Ce doped Gd3Al2Ga3O12 (Ce:GAGG) is a newly developed single-crystal scintillator which has a large light output and longer emission light wavelength. The longer wavelength of the scintillation photons will produce a larger signal when coupled to typical silicon photomultiplier (Si-PM) as the quantum efficiency of semiconductor based photodetector is generally higher for light with longer wavelength. A block detector with higher spatial resolution may thus be realized by combining Ce:GAGG with Si-PM arrays. To achieve the highest possible spatial resolution for PET and SPECT detectors, we developed an ultrahigh resolution block detector using 0.4 mm × 0.4 mm × 5 mm Ce:GAGG pixels assembled to form a 24 × 24 matrix that is coupled to an Si-PM array and evaluated the performance. All Ce:GAGG pixels were separated in the 2-dimensional position histograms for Cs-137 (662 keV) gamma photons with an average peak-to-valley (P/V) ratio of 2.4. The energy resolution was 21.6% FWHM for Cs-137 (662 keV) and 23.8% for Co-57 (122 keV) gamma photons. Since Ce:GAGG does not contain naturally occurring radioisotope (Lu), beta-gamma true coincidences can be avoided and randoms are reduced when used for PET detectors. Furthermore, this property, together with its high light output and good intrinsic energy resolution, make the scintillator suited for SPECT detectors. An ultrahigh resolution PET/SPECT hybrid system might be an interesting application using Ce:GAGG/Si-PM block detectors.

  17. Magnetocaloric effect in pristine and Bi-doped Pr0.6Sr0.4MnO3 manganite

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    Daivajna, Mamatha D.; Rao, Ashok

    2016-11-01

    Near room temperature, magnetocaloric effect in pristine and Bi-doped Pr0.6Sr0.4MnO3 manganites has been studied using in-field heat capacity measurements. The Debye temperature (θD) for the pristine sample was estimated to be 522 K and its value increases to 530 K for the Bi-doped sample with x=0.05. The entropy associated with paramagnetic (PM) to ferromagnetic (FM) transition is found to be 2.4 J/mol K and 2.3 J/mol K for x=0 and 0.05 compositions respectively. The estimated values of adiabatic temperature ∆Tad for the samples with x=0 and x=0.05 are respectively 2.2 K and 1.9 K for 0-6 Tesla. The maximum isothermal change in entropy, ∆SM for the sample Pr0.6Sr0.4MnO3 with transition temperature 306 K is found to be 2.7 J/kg-K with application of external magnetic field of 2 T and for Bi-doped sample (with x=0.05) the isothermal change in entropy reduces to 2.0 J/kg-K. The calculated maximum values of the isothermal entropy changes, ∆SM for the pristine sample, vary in the range 1.7-3.9 J/kg-K for a magnetic field change of 1-6 T. The present results suggest that these compounds can be possible candidates as magnetic refrigerants. This results in a large relative cooling power (RCP) around 93.5 J kg-1 K for the pristine sample under an application of magnetic field of 2 T. On contrary, with Bi-doping, RCP decreases to 56 J kg-1 K at external field of 2 T.

  18. Magnetron-sputtered La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3 nanocomposite interlayer for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Solovyev, A. A.; Ionov, I. V.; Shipilova, A. V.; Kovalchuk, A. N.; Syrtanov, M. S.

    2017-03-01

    A thin layer of a La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3 (LSCF) is deposited between the electrolyte and the La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3/Ce0.9Gd0.1O2 (LSCF/CGO) cathode layer of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) by pulsed magnetron sputtering using an oxide target of LSCF. The films were completely dense and well adherent to the substrate. The effects of annealing in temperature range from 200 to 1000 °C on the crystalline structure of the LSCF films have been studied. The films of nominal thickness, 250-500 nm, are crystalline when annealed at temperatures above 600 °C. The crystalline structure, surface topology, and morphology of the films were determined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. To study the electrochemical characteristics of the deposited-film, solid oxide fuel cells using 325-nm LSCF films as interlayer between the electrolyte and the cathode have been fabricated. The LSCF interlayer improves the overall performance of the SOFC by increasing the interfacial area between the electrolyte and cathode. The electrolyte-supported cells with the interlayer have 30% greater, overall power output compared to that achieved with the cells without interlayer. The LSCF interlayer could also act as a transition layer that improves adhesion and relieves both thermal stress and lattice strain between the cathode and the electrolyte. Our results demonstrate that pulsed magnetron sputtering provides a low-temperature synthesis route for realizing ultrathin nanocrystalline LSCF film layers for intermediate- or low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

  19. Polar properties of Eu(0.6)Y(0.4)MnO(3) ceramics and their magnetic field dependence.

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    Agostinho Moreira, J; Almeida, A; Ferreira, W S; Chaves, M R; Kundys, B; Ranjith, R; Prellier, W; Vilela, S M F; Tavares, P B

    2009-11-04

    Eu(1-x)Y(x)MnO(3), compared against other magnetoelectric systems, exhibits very distinctive features. Its magnetoelectric properties are driven by the magnetic spin of the Mn(3+) ion, but they can be drastically changed by varying the content of Y(3+), which does not carry any magnetic moment. Although the x = 0.40 composition has been studied extensively, some basic areas still remain to be thoroughly understood. Thus, this work is aimed at studying some of its polar properties and their magnetic field dependence as well. The experimental results reported here show that this material is very easily polarizable under external electric fields, and so, whenever the polarization is obtained from time integration of the displacement currents, an induced polarization is superposed on the spontaneous one, eventually masking the occurrence of ferroelectricity. We have found clear evidence for the influence of a magnetic field in the polar properties of Eu(0.6)Y(0.4)MnO(3). The study of electric polarization of Eu(0.6)Y(0.4)MnO(3) under an external magnetic field yields a value with the same order of magnitude of the remanent polarization as was determined from polarization reversal experiments. The comparison of the magnetically induced changes in the polarization obtained for polycrystalline samples and single crystals confirms the threshold magnetic field value for the polarization rotation from the a-direction to the c-direction, and provides evidence of the importance of the granular nature of the samples in the polar response to the magnetic field.

  20. Effect of Ag additions on the Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2Co1.8Ox thermoelectric properties

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    Diez, J. C.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2Co1.8Ox thermoelectric ceramics with small Ag additions (0, 1, and 3 wt.% have been successfully produced by a sol-gel method via nitrates. Microstructure has shown a reduction on the amount of secondary phases and an increase on the bulk density with increasing Ag contents. The microstructural evolution, as a function of Ag content, is confirmed with the electrical resistivity values which show an important decrease for the 3 wt.% Ag samples, leading to maximum power factor values of about 0.025 mW/K2.m at room temperature, which is about two times higher than the obtained for the Ag-free sintered samples.Se han preparado cerámicas termoeléctricas de composición Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2Co1.8Ox con pequeñas adiciones de Ag (0, 1, y 3 % en peso por medio de un método sol-gel a partir de los nitratos metálicos. La microestructura ha mostrado una reducción de la cantidad de fases secundarias y un aumento de la densidad del material al aumentar la cantidad de Ag. La evolución microestructural, en función del contenido de Ag, se ha confirmado con los valores de la resistividad eléctrica que muestra una reducción importante para las muestras con 3 % en peso de Ag, lo que lleva a alcanzar valores máximos del factor de potencia de alrededor de 0.025 mW/K2.m a temperatura ambiente, que es dos veces mayor que el obtenido para muestras sinterizadas sin Ag.